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Union political activities: A review of the empirical literature

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  • Marick F. Masters
  • John T. Delaney
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    The authors of this literature review find that empirical research on unions' political activity since World War II has failed to answer many important questions. Not only have researchers neglected some issues outright, but disparate data sources and statistical methods, lack of a guiding theory, inconsistent findings, and hidden normative assumptions about the propriety of unions' political involvement limit the generalizability of reported results. The review nevertheless confirms that union members and leaders often differ in political orientation, though the extent of disagreement varies across political issues. Also, unions apparently have been more successful at achieving political objectives only weakly supported by their members than at achieving the objectives their members strongly support. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 40 (1987)
    Issue (Month): 3 (April)
    Pages: 336-353

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:40:y:1987:i:3:p:336-353

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    1. Montmarquette, Claude, 1988. "Le marché politique : qu’est-ce qui est produit? Qui y participe? Qui en profite?," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 64(3), pages 336-360, septembre.
    2. Emiliana Vegas, 2005. "Incentives to Improve Teaching : Lessons from Latin America," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7265, October.
    3. Dr Alex Bryson, 2014. "What Accounts for the Union Member Advantage in Voter Turnout? Evidence from the European Union, 2002-2008," NIESR Discussion Papers 11858, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
    4. Vincent Anesi, 2007. "Moral Hazard and Free Riding in Collective Action," Discussion Papers 2007-04, The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham.
    5. Richard B. Freeman, 2003. "What Do Unions Do ... to Voting?," NBER Working Papers 9992, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. André Blais & Jean-Michel Cousineau & Kenneth McRoberts, 1989. "The determinants of minimum wage rates," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 62(1), pages 15-24, July.
    7. Emiliana Vegas & Ilana Umansky, 2005. "Improving Teaching and Learning through Effective Incentives : What Can We Learn from Education Reforms in Latin America?," World Bank Other Operational Studies 8694, The World Bank.
    8. Scott M. Fuess, Jr., 1991. "The Impact of Safety and Health Legislation on Union Effectiveness," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 17(4), pages 417-423, Oct-Dec.

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