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The decline of Employers' Associations in the UK, 1976 to 2014

By Leon Gooberman, Marco Hauptmeier and Edmund Heery


This article examines the collective, member-based employers’ associations in the UK that regulate the employment relationship by participating in collective bargaining. The main empirical contribution is to provide, for the first time, a longitudinal dataset of employers’ associations in the UK. We use archival data from the UK Government’s Certification Office to build a new dataset, identifying a decline of 81% in the number of employers’ associations between 1976 and 2013–2014. We also find that political agency and reducing levels of collective bargaining undermined employers’ associations by reducing employers’ incentives to associate, although changes within the UK’s system of employment relations enabled other types of collective employer organisation to survive

Publisher: 'SAGE Publications'
Year: 2019
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0022185617750418
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