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German Trade Unions and Right Extremism: Understanding Membership Attitudes

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Fichter, Michael

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Abstract Right-wing populism and extremism present challenges for trade unions throughout Europe. This article reports findings from a representative survey and group interviews with union members in Germany. Far right attitudes are neither more nor less widespread among union members as a whole than in the population at large, but there are considerable differences within the membership. In particular, skilled workers as well as middle managers who are union members are significantly more inclined to extremist attitudes than non-unionists. The article discusses these results and presents several conclusions regarding future trade union policy.
Free Keywords political attitude; right extremism; trade union membership;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 65-84
Journal European Journal of Industrial Relations, 14 (2008) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)