Strikes and local politics

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Strikes and local politics. / Molinder, Jakob; Enflo, Kerstin; Karlsson, Tobias.

voxeu.org. 2018, Article.

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T1 - Strikes and local politics

AU - Molinder, Jakob

AU - Enflo, Kerstin

AU - Karlsson, Tobias

PY - 2018/9/20

Y1 - 2018/9/20

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - strikes

KW - power resource theory

KW - Sweden

KW - labor unions

KW - industrial conflicts

M3 - Web publication/Blog post

PB - voxeu.org

ER -