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Union inclusiveness and temporary agency workers: the role of power resources and union ideology

Benassi, C. and Vlandas, T. (2016) Union inclusiveness and temporary agency workers: the role of power resources and union ideology. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 22 (1). pp. 5-22. ISSN 0959-6801

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/0959680115589485


This article investigates the determinants of union inclusiveness towards agency workers in Western Europe, using an index which combines unionization rates with dimensions of collective agreements covering agency workers. Using fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis, we identify two combinations of conditions leading to inclusiveness: the ‘Northern path’ includes high union density, high bargaining coverage and high union authority, and is consistent with the power resources approach. The ‘Southern path’ combines high union authority, high bargaining coverage, statutory regulations of agency work and working-class orientation, showing that ideology rather than institutional incentives shapes union strategies towards the marginal workforce.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:40126
Uncontrolled Keywords:union strategies, ideology, identity, dualisation, agency workers, Italy, Southern Europe, Ghent


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