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High-risk workers and their political response to the threat of automation

Hiemstra, A.J. (2020) High-risk workers and their political response to the threat of automation.

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Abstract:This research will be focused on automation of work, and the political action that workers in high-risk sectors take. The research question is, To what extent does the risk of automation of one’s job have an effect on organized and unorganized political action? With the term political action, we will focus on trade union membership (organized), and the participating in protests in the form of signing petitions and joining demonstrations (unorganized). Our four hypothesis are, H1: Compared with low automatization risk workers, high automatization risk workers have a higher tendency to be a labour union member. H2: Compared with low automatization risk workers, high automatization risk workers have a lower tendency to be a labour union member. H3: Compared with low automatization risk workers, high automatization risk workers are more inclined to join collective action such as protests and petition signing. H4: Compared with low automatization risk workers, high automatization risk workers are less inclined to join collective action such as protests and petition signing. We drew our conclusions based on the European Social Survey data of 2018. We have found that people with high-risk jobs are less inclined to be union members, and to participate in protests.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82325
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