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Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century$
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Elin Haugsgjerd Allern and Tim Bale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790471

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790471.001.0001

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Mapping Party–Trade Union Relationships in Contemporary Democracies

Mapping Party–Trade Union Relationships in Contemporary Democracies

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Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern

Tim Bale

Simon Otjes

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how to measure the closeness and range of party–union relationships empirically, and presents our data and methods in detail. It starts by defining what is meant by organizational closeness or distance between parties and trade unions. It then shows how this is operationalized. Next, the chapter presents the case selection, discussing its limitations as well as its plus points, and shows how, using comparative datasets, the cases score on most of the contextual variables presented in Chapter 1. Finally, the chapter briefly summarizes how the original data on relationships have been collected and systematized, focusing both on the mapping of party-union statutes and the construction of a questionnaire to key informants on both sides. It also discusses how to measure the strength of (formal) links quantitatively with one or more aggregate scores

Keywords:   parties, social democratic, labour, trade unions, organization, links, closeness, range, comparative dataset, questionnaire, Mokken

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