The challenges facing european trade unions for several decades trade unions in europe long among the most powerful in the world have been on the defensive they have lost membership sometimes drastically their collective bargaining power has declined as has their influence on government and in some countries their public respect. Trade unions in western europe hard times hard choices rebecca gumbrell mccormick and richard hyman covers 10 countries with contrasting types of unions and political and economic contexts written by two leading authorities on trade unions sophisticated analytical approach to illustrate and discuss critically a range of theories. The analytical starting point is that trade unions are conservative institutions containing significant veto points to organizational change but at the same time can display dynamism and innovation and that external challenges can therefore stimulate important internal adaptation trade unions in western europe hard times hard choices . The answer to these and other questions concerning trade unions is to be found in the latest work by rebecca gumbrell mccormick and richard hyman trade unions in western europe hard times hard choices sets its sights on the changing functions of unions in western countries in the twenty first century in tackling this contentious issue . Rebecca gumbrell mccormick and richard hyman trade unions in western europe hard times hard choicesoxford oxford university press 2013 264 pp isbn 978 0 19 964441 4 gbp55 cloth
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