A union default: a policy to raise union membership, promote the freedom to associate, protect the freedom not to associate and progress union representation

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Harcourt, M., Gall, G., Kumar, R. and Croucher, R. 2019. A union default: a policy to raise union membership, promote the freedom to associate, protect the freedom not to associate and progress union representation. Industrial Law Journal. 48 (1), pp. 66-97. https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy005
TypeArticle
TitleA union default: a policy to raise union membership, promote the freedom to associate, protect the freedom not to associate and progress union representation
AuthorsHarcourt, M., Gall, G., Kumar, R. and Croucher, R.
Abstract

Workers are defaulted to being non-union in employment relationships across the world. A non-union default likely has substantial negative effects, consistent with the empirical literature reviewed, on union membership levels, because of switching costs, inertia, social norms, and loss aversion. A union default would likely have positive effects on union membership, and has the additional virtues of partially internalising the public goods externalities of unions, improving the freedom to associate (the right to join a union), and preserving the freedom not to associate (the right not to join a union). A union default would also strengthen the extent and effectiveness of union representation.

Research GroupDiversity and Gender group
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
JournalIndustrial Law Journal
ISSN0305-9332
Electronic1464-3669
Publication dates
Online19 Jun 2018
Print01 Mar 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Mar 2018
Accepted08 Mar 2018
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in [insert journal title] following peer review. The version of record Mark Harcourt, Gregor Gall, Rinu Vimal Kumar, Richard Croucher; A Union Default: A Policy to Raise Union Membership, Promote the Freedom to Associate, Protect the Freedom not to Associate and Progress Union Representation, Industrial Law Journal, Volume 48, Issue 1, March 2019, Pages 66–97, is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/ilj/advance-article/doi/10.1093/indlaw/dwy0... and https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy005.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy005
LanguageEnglish
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