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The Role of Unions in the Twenty-first CenturyA Report for the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti$
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Tito Boeri, Agar Brugiavini, and Lars Calmfors

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246588

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246580.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.159) 1 Introduction
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The Role of Unions in the Twenty-first Century
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Tito Boeri (Contributor Webpage)

Agar Brugiavini

Lars Calmfors (Contributor Webpage)

Alison Booth

Michael Burda (Contributor Webpage)

Daniele Checchi

Bernhard Ebbinghaus (Contributor Webpage)

Richard Freeman

Pietro Garibaldi (Contributor Webpage)

Bertil Holmlund

Robin Naylor

Martin Schludi

Thierry Verdier

Jelle Visser (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199246580.003.0007

In this part of the volume, the overall theme is the policy dilemma created by the many different activities of trade union in the field of welfare provision, notably pension policies and unemployment protection. Throughout the following chapters, a tension emerges between the role of unions as insurance providers, as institutions that facilitate agreements between different parties, and as rent‐seeking monopolists. By making use of an interdisciplinary approach, the analysis rationalizes a set of distinct features of the interaction between union activities and union structure on the one hand and welfare arrangements and welfare developments on the other.

Keywords:   insurance providers, interaction, pension policies, rent‐seeking monopolist, unemployment protection, welfare developments

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