A REEXAMINATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NO-STRIKE LAWS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS
DANE M. PARTRIDGE
AbstractA study by Balfour and Holmes examined the relationship between the severity of sanctions provided for striking by teachers and the levels of strike activity, and concluded that mild penalties and harsh penalties both provide less deterrence than moderate penalties. The Balfour and Holmes study is limited by a number of misclassifications of statutory policy, and by the brief time period examined. The present study revises the measure of public policy used by Balfour and Holmes, and expands the time period studied to 1974-80. The results indicate that states which provide moderate sanctions against striking have less strike activity (relative to states where strikes are permitted) than do states which provide severe sanctions.
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