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Title: A time-series analysis of union growth : unionisation in banking, 1920-1989
Author: Nakano, Satoshi
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1993
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This is an interdisciplinary work in industrial relations, focusing particularly on union growth. As such, its methodological properties derive from four different fields in the social sciences; a relatively recent development in sociology and social theory, industrial relations and economics. Any research in the social sciences requires reciprocal processes between the theory and empirical surveys, through which a generalised model of certain phenomenon can be constructed. When we actually starts an investigation, however, we are often dismayed by the fact that theories are rather fragmentary whereas empirical data is difficult to obtain. This might be particularly so in a social study carried out in a historical context. Chapters 1 and 2 of this dissertation deal with theories and 3 to 7 the empirical evidence required to test them. A few problems concerning the foundations of social theory are briefly mentioned in Chapter 1. The point here is to consider a micro-foundation for subsequent analysis. This seems indispensable to me as it is something that current social theory lacks and a straightforward application of the rational choice framework also seems somewhat problematic. Following this, Chapter 2 provides a survey of theories of union growth in developed in sociology, industrial relations and economics. My contention here is that no single theory is sufficient to understand the social process as a whole. The empirical section, whose primary aim is the verification of the theories, consists of three parts; Chapter 3 is an introduction to the banking industry and its industrial relations system, from which information for the empirical research is taken. Chapters 4 and 7 provide analyses of shortrun and long-term union growth in the industry. In these chapters, I generally followed a method commonly adopted in industrial relations and economics. Chapters 5 and 6 provide an historical analysis of union growth. The approach here is explicitly historical sociological, in which the research aims to attain a generalised understanding of the social processes from an empirical context. This, I think, is valuable particularly when the nature of causality changes and when theory does not have absolute reliability.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor ; HG Finance