Strikes and local politics

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Conflicts in the labour market are detrimental to economic growth and welfare. Sweden was among the countries with the highest incidents of industrial disputes in the 1920s, but experienced declining levels from the 1930s onward. Using Swedish data from 1919 to 1938, this column shows that towns with both powerful unions and strong Social Democratic presence experienced labour market peace. The results point toward the importance of labour market peace for strategic political reasons, rather than to politicians offering tangible concessions via municipal governmental power.


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  • Economic History
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


  • strikes, power resource theory, Sweden, labor unions, industrial conflicts
Original languageEnglish
Short descriptionVOX CEPR Policy Portal
PublisherCentre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep 20
Publication categoryPopular science

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