Striking Concessions from Governments The Success of General Strikes in Western Europe, 1980-2009
Abbreviated Journal Title
CROSS-NATIONAL ANALYSIS; POLITICAL CONTEXT; DEMOCRACIES; PROTESTS; STATE; Political Science
Since the early 1980s, Western European labor unions in eleven of sixteen West European countries have mobilized protesters in a rising number of general strikes, opposing policy reforms by national governments. In over 40 percent of the cases, governments ceded concessions in response. The variation in government responses to general strikes can be explained by examining properties of govermnents, such as type of government and party family. Based on an original dataset using logistic regression, analysis of the outcomes of seventy-five general strikes indicates that concessions to unions are more likely when governments rule in coalition, and are led by center or Christian Democratic parties, compared to social democratic and conservative governments. A tentative explanation for this finding is based on shifting ideological alliances in multiparty systems.
"Striking Concessions from Governments The Success of General Strikes in Western Europe, 1980-2009" (2013). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 2549.