Trends in union density | OECD READ edition

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Source: Collective bargaining in a changing world of work | OECD READ edition

Note how different the Nordic countries are: unions clearly play a different societal role there.

This could explain the phenomenon:

The researchers suggest the migration flows, which were small relative to the native population of America but equivalent to about 25 per cent of the total population of Scandinavia, changed the character of Norwegian and Swedish society by removing the most ambitious and independently-minded people.

In other words, Scandinavian social democracy might not be possible without America’s historic willingness to absorb those who refused to follow the “Law of Jante”.

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