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The Role of Unions in the Twenty-first Century: A Report for the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti

Tito Boeri, Agar Brugiavini, and Lars Calmfors


Current theories of unions are mainly theories of what unions were and did rather than theories of what unions will be and will do. Thus, the purpose of this book is to help make economic thinking about unions in Europe more forward‐looking and to discuss the role that unions are likely to play in the changed economic environment of the new century. The volume consists of two reports that are the results of coordinated efforts by some of the most authoritative scholars in the field. The first study addresses a number of issues related to the question of how the primary role of trade unions—col ... More

Keywords: collective bargaining, Europe, pension policies, role, unemployment protection, union membership, unions, welfare reforms, welfare systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246588
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199246580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tito Boeri, editor
Bocconi University
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Agar Brugiavini, editor
University of Venice

Lars Calmfors, editor
Stockholm University
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