Despite the general decline of trade unions throughout the Western world, unions in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden have prospered. Why? Galenson cites their ability to organize white collar workers, the special attention they give to recruitment of women, and their ability to undergo structural change under employer pressure. He analyzes these factors in the belief that if unions in other parts of the world understand why and how unionism is succeeding in Scandinavia, its deterioration may be slowed and even reversed. In doing so, Galenson offers specific advice on how industrial relations professionals should manage to avoid breakdown of existing systems elsewhere. Labor unions, officials, and organization executives, as well as executives throughout the public sectors, will find Galenson's views informative and enlightening.
Although there has been a good deal written about the Scandinavian labor movements in Dano-Norwegian and Swedish, there has been nothing comprehensive in English that deals with the labor movements in the three countries. Nor has there been a systematic analysis of their policies and practices. Galenson provides readers, now, with an account of how unions in the Scandinavian countries have managed to secure the world's highest rates of organization: up to 90% of all who are employed in Sweden, and somewhat less in Denmark and Norway, are trade union members, compared with 15% in the United States. The countries in which they operate are welfare states and are among the wealthiest countries in the world, yet remarkably little is known about the systems of industrial relations that have contributed to these results. Galenson's book will fill that gap and in doing so, make a unique contribution to the determination of policy in other countries.
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About the Author
WALTER GALENSON has held teaching positions at Harvard, University of California, Berkeley, Cornell, and Cambridge University. He is the author of more than 30 journal articles and book chapters, and four books published by the Greenwood Publishing Group. The most recent ones are: Trade Union Growth and Decline (1994), Labor and Economic Growth in Five Asian Countries (1992), and The American Labor Movement, 1955-1995 (1996).
Table of Contents
Trade Union Structure
Trade Union Policies
The Unions and the Special Democrats
Women in the Trade Unions
White Collar Unionism
Union Memberships Benefits
How Members View Their Unions
Why Scandinavian Unionism has Prospered