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Union Decline in Britain: Does Gender Have Anything to Do with It

Haile, Getinet



The paper examines whether gender dynamics contributed to the decline of unions. To this end, it reviews different strands of the literature and conducts empirical analyses using data from WERS. The results obtained confirm that men have been deserting unions and that there is an inverse link between membership and the share of women in the workplace. The paper ponders if better management of gender relations may contribute to unions' renewal.


Haile, G. (2017). Union Decline in Britain: Does Gender Have Anything to Do with It. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 64(1), 25-49.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 18, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 15, 2016
Publication Date Feb 1, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 25, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2019
Journal Scottish Journal of Political Economy
Print ISSN 0036-9292
Electronic ISSN 1467-9485
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 1
Pages 25-49
Keywords Workplace gender composition, Union decline, employer-employee data, Britain; JEL classification: J16, J51, J82; 2
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Haile, G. A. (2017), Union decline in Britain: does gender have anything to do with it?. Scott J Polit Econ, 64: 25-49, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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