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Seymour Martin Lipset, Rafael Gomez, Ivan Katchanovski, Thomas A. Kochan (Foreword), Noah M. Meltz

The Paradox of American Unionism: Why Americans Like Unions More Than Canadians Do, but Join Much Less

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ISBN: 0801442001
Издательство: ILR Press
Why have Americans, who by a clear majority approve of unions, stopped joining them in greater numbers than ever before? This book answers that question by comparing the American experience with that of Canada, where approval for unions is significantly lower than in the United States, but where since the mid-1960s, workers have joined organized labor to a much greater extent. Given that the two countries are outwardly so similar, what explains this paradox? This book provides a detailed comparative analysis of both countries using, among other things, a unique survey conducted in the United States and Canada by the Ipsos Reid polling group. The authors discover that the reluctance of employees in the United States to join unions, compared with thosein Canada, is rooted less in their attitudes toward unions, and more in the former country's deep-seated tradition of individualism and laissez-faire economic values." Canada has a more statist, social democratic tradition, which is in...