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The Future of Labour Movements

The Future of Labour Movements

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September 1994 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
After a decade dominated by `neo-liberal' policies and by increasing managerial pressures towards labour flexibility in industrial relations, the role of labour movements is under challenge. In the light of the experience of the 1980s this volume provides an interdisciplinary reassessment of the traditions and future of collective worker's action in Western states. Contributors assess the roles of labour movements as actors in the economic system through such mechanisms as collective bargaining, and as actors in the political arena. Labour movements and the institutions in which they are embodied, particularly trade unions, are also examined in the light of the broader social movements from which they originate.

Bringing together comparative research from a number of countries, this collection presents a unique source of analysis of recent and future trends in labour movements.

Marino Regini
The Past and Future of Social Studies of Labour Movements

Jelle Visser
The Strength of Union Movements in Advanced Capitalist Democracies
Social and Organizational Variations

J Samuel Valenzuela
Labour Movements and Political Systems
Some Variations

Michael Shalev
The Resurgence of Labour Quiescence
Gøsta Esping-Andersen
The Emerging Realignment Between Labour Movements and Welfare States
Richard Hyman
Trade Unions and the Disaggregation of the Working Class
Colin Crouch
The Fate of Articulated Industrial Relations Systems
A Stock-taking After the `Neo-liberal' Decade

Luca Lanzalaco and Philippe C Schmitter
Europe's Internal Market, Business Associability and the Labour Movement
Horst Kern and Charles F Sabel
Trade Unions and Decentralized Production
A Sketch of Strategic Problems in the German Labour Movement

Wolfgang Streeck
Training and the New Industrial Relations
A Strategic Role for Unions?


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ISBN: 9780803979772