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"Policy Reforms and General Strikes in Western Europe"

Thursday, 31 October 2013 - 4:00pm
IMU Sassafras Room

Speaker: Dr. Kerstin Hamann, University of Central Florida

Since the 1980s, Western Europe has simultaneously experienced a
decline in the strength of trade unions, exemplified both by decreasing
union affiliation and lower strike rates;policy reforms in
response to economic crises; a rise in the number of social pacts
signed between national governments and trade unions; and an
increasing number of general strikes against governments and
their policy reforms. What are the causes and consequences of
union inclusion or exclusion in crafting potentially unpopular
reforms? Political factors, including electoral pressures, government
composition, and the party family of governing parties help
explain the variation of popular protests against policy reforms as
well as the political consequences of these protests.