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Trade Unions and Democracy : Strategies and Perspectives - Mark Harcourt

Trade Unions and Democracy

Strategies and Perspectives

By: Mark Harcourt (Editor), Geoffrey Wood (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2009
ISBN: 9780719069796
Number Of Pages: 432

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Available for the first time in paperback, this book explores the role of trade unions as products of, and agents for, democracy. The crisis facing established democratic institutions in the advanced societies has been widely noted. In response, there has been increasing interest in the role of civil society actors, ranging from established socio-political collectives to new grassroots organizations. On the one hand, conventional wisdom holds that organized labor in the advanced societies has remained locked in a cycle of political marginalization and decline. On the other hand, unions continue to represent a significant component of society within most industrialized countries. Indeed, in many cases, they have demonstrated a capacity for effective renewal and for co-ordinating their efforts with other civil society actors as part and parcel of the current groudswell of public opinion against the neo-liberal orthodoxy.

The book brings together a distinguished panel of leading and emerging scholars in the field, and provides a critical assessment of the current role of unions in society, their capacity to impact on state policies in such a manner as to ensure greater accountability and fairness, and the nature and extent of internal representative democracy within the labor movement.

This volume will be of interest to students and academics in the fields of industrial relations, critical management studies, political studies and sociology, as well as trade union and community activists.

Introduction
Trade Unions and democracy: possibilities and contradictions
Trade unions and theories of democracy
Neo--Liberal reforms and accords: are they compatible with democracy?
Trade unions and democracy: can the third way recast the lnk?
Unions and non--standard employment
New forms of work and the representational gap: a Durban case study
The changing impact and strength of the labour movement in advanced societies
The U.S. and Canadian labour movements: markets vs. states and societies
The rise and fall of the organizing model in the US
Union growth and reversal in newly industrialised countries: The case of South Korea and peripheral workers
The rise of unions in semi-industrialized countries: the cases of South Africa and Zimbabwe
Social movement unionism
Unions and politics
Trade union democracy: the dynamics of different forms
Unions and social partnerships
Engagement or disengagement? unions and a new politics
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780719069796
ISBN-10: 0719069793
Series: Perspectives on Democratic Practice
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st April 2009
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.5