Politics behind declining unionization rates: Study

Globalization, growth of high-tech industries not principal culprits in trade union woes
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/05/2011

A new study suggests national politics has played a more significant role in the decline of unions in North America than either globalization or technology.

Researchers at the U.S.-based Centre for Economic Policy Research looked at unionization rates in 21 industrialized countries over the past 50 years.

They found that although high-tech advances and the growth of international trade and are often blamed for crumbling union density, government policy is actually a more important determinant.