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The effect of economic conditions on union membership of men and women A quantitative and historical analysis

The effect of economic conditions on union membership of men and women A quantitative and... Purpose – In a recent review of the history of women in unions, the author suggested that downturns in the economy have had a more significant effect on women than men in unions, leading to significant declines in the membership of women in unions. The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between economic cycles and women's membership in unions. Design/methodology/approach – The paper investigates that relationship using both quantitative and historical methods and generate evidence for the proposal. Findings – Based on the historical and quantitative analysis, it is concluded that a more accurate way to depict the situation is to say that economic conditions influence union membership through a number of important intervening variables and, furthermore, that changes in those intervening variables over the past 40 years have substantially influenced the relationship between economics and union membership. Originality/value – This paper is unique in its combination of historical and empirical approaches to addressing questions of a historical nature. The paper addresses an interesting proposal regarding relationships between economics and gender in union membership http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management History Emerald Publishing

The effect of economic conditions on union membership of men and women A quantitative and historical analysis

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1751-1348
DOI
10.1108/17511340610670197
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Abstract

Purpose – In a recent review of the history of women in unions, the author suggested that downturns in the economy have had a more significant effect on women than men in unions, leading to significant declines in the membership of women in unions. The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between economic cycles and women's membership in unions. Design/methodology/approach – The paper investigates that relationship using both quantitative and historical methods and generate evidence for the proposal. Findings – Based on the historical and quantitative analysis, it is concluded that a more accurate way to depict the situation is to say that economic conditions influence union membership through a number of important intervening variables and, furthermore, that changes in those intervening variables over the past 40 years have substantially influenced the relationship between economics and union membership. Originality/value – This paper is unique in its combination of historical and empirical approaches to addressing questions of a historical nature. The paper addresses an interesting proposal regarding relationships between economics and gender in union membership

Journal

Journal of Management HistoryEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 1, 2006

Keywords: Gender; Economics; Management history; Trade unions

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