Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Jelle Visser
      Pages 3-32
    3. Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Jelle Visser
      Pages 33-74
  3. Country Profiles and Tables

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Sabine Blaschke, Ferdinand Karlhofer, Franz Traxler
      Pages 77-110
    3. Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Jelle Visser, Patrick Pasture, Hans Slomp
      Pages 111-155
    4. Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Steen Scheuer
      Pages 157-199
    5. Bernhard Ebbinghaus
      Pages 201-236
    6. Jelle Visser, Patrick Dufour, René Mouriaux, Françoise Subilieu
      Pages 237-277
    7. Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Klaus Armingeon, Anke Hassel
      Pages 279-337
    8. William K. Roche, Joe Larragy, Jacqueline Ashmore
      Pages 339-369
    9. Jelle Visser
      Pages 371-428
    10. Jelle Visser
      Pages 429-501
    11. Torgeir Aarvaag Stokke
      Pages 503-543
    12. Reinhard Naumann, Alan Stoleroff
      Pages 545-572
    13. Marc van der Meer
      Pages 573-603
    14. Anders Kjellberg
      Pages 605-655
    15. Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Robert Fluder
      Pages 657-703
    16. Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Jeremy Waddington
      Pages 705-756

About this book


The Societies of Europe is an 8-title series of historical data handbooks and accompanying CD-ROM sets, on the development of Europe from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. The series is a product of the Mannheim Centre for Social research, a body dedicated to comparative research on Europe and one of the leading social research institutes in the world. It is a collection of datasets giving a clear and systematic study of long term developments in European society. The data is presented statistically and is clearly comparative. The Societies of Europe is the most comprehensive data series available on Western European social issues. Each book is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing data sets not included in the text enabling users to manipulate the data as wanted. Information is available in different programmes (Excel, SPSS and SAS) and in data structures for analysis, viewing and building time series. This comparative data handbook offers an empirical base to a long-term and comparative understanding of changes and variations in European union movements. It provides information on the context and history of union development, the changes in the structure of post-war unionism until today, the long-term trends in union membership and union density, and the shifts in the cross-sectional composition of union membership. This book and CD-ROM are the result of many years of research by the authors in collaboration with an international research team, and provides an original source for comparative and national studies or individual enquiries. The country and comparative tables offer cross-checked and often newly-calculated statistics on national union organizations and their membership series. The CD-ROM includes selected tables from the handbook and provides additional databases with organizational data and membership series of major national and European union organizations.


business economics European Union (EU) history industries political science trade

About the authors

DR BERNARD EBBINGHAUS is Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne. He taught sociology at the University of Mannheim and coordinated, with Jelle Visser, the international project on 'The Development of Trade Unions in Western Europe'. He was a John F. Kennedy Fellow (1999/2000) at the Centre for European Studies (CES), Harvard University.

DR JELLE VISSER is Professor of Empirical Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and Director of CESAR, a labour relations research group. He was a visiting researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research. Professor Visser is also a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Socieites in Cologne. He has also served as consultant to the OECD and ILO on union statistics.

Bibliographic information


' exceptionally detailed work of reference on trade union membership statistics.' - John Kelly, London School of Economics, British Journal of Industrial Relations

'The work accomplished by Ebbinghaus and Visser is a vast resource...An indispensable reference tool for anyone writing on, or seeking to understand, trade unionism in the different countries of western Europe.' - Richard Hyman, London School of Economics, Transfer

'[A]n extraordinary display of painstaking historical and sociological research.' - Colin Church, European University Institute, Industrial Relations Journal