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What is a Workers’ Referendum for? Evidence from Italy

Davide Carbonai and Carlo Drago

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: In July 2007, the Prodi government and representatives of the three main Italian trade union confederations signed a landmark agreement on welfare and economic development. In October, in order to ratify or reject the agreement, the Italian labor movement organized a referendum, i.e. the Workers’ Referendum of 2007, inviting workers, pensioners and the unemployed to assess the agreement. Based on a comprehensive sampling (1,574 interviewees), these research notes provide an analysis of the Workers’ Referendum with regard to both key societal voting features and attitudes toward unions.

Keywords: Union democracy; Workers’ Referendum; Italy; survey research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C10 C83 J50 J51 J52 J53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-11-16
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