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Global Unions?

Theory and Strategies of Organized Labour in the Global Political Economy

Robert O'Brien

Routledge 2002, 304 s. ISBN: 0415270081
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"Global Unions?" examines the role of unions in an increasingly global political economy. Labour issues have recently jumped on to the agenda of international relations and industrial relations and unions have been active in trying to influence policies of international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and trade agreements in the Americas. This volume first considers various theoretical approaches that can advance understanding global union issues, discusses national and macro-regional labour responses to global challenges and examines the constraints on labour internationalism, union responses in the South, labour and the architecture of international economic institutions, the global labour standards debate and labour as a global social force. The book includes case studies on: the geography of labour struggles in the United States; trade union training on globalization in the UK and Brazil; transformation in US and Canadian union international policies; labour and regional integration in the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific. This collection of international relations and industrial relations experts conclude that the challenges and opportunities for unions operating in a global environment are immense. It should be of interest to trade unions, labour activists and labour research institutes as well as students and researchers in the fields of IPE, IR and industrial relations.

Part I. International Political Economy and Organized Labour: Approaches and Theories Chapter 1. Introduction: Organized Labour and Global Political Economy Chapter 2. Work, Production and Social Relations: Repositioning the Firm in the International Political Economy Chapter 3. Towards an International Political Economy of Labour Chapter 4. Internationalization, Industrial Relations and International Relations Part II. National and Regional Strategies Chapter 5. Organizing Globally, Organizing Local: Geographical Scale and Union Spatial Strategy Chapter 6. Trade Unions, Training and Globalization: Initiatives in Britain and Brazil Chapter 7. The International Dimension of Labour Federation Economic Strategy in Canada and the United States 1947 - 2000 Chapter 8. Unions, States and Capitals: Competing (Inter)nationalisms in North America and European Integration Chapter 9. International Labour and Regional Integration: Asia-Pacific Part III. The Global Arena: Unions and Global Dynamics Chapter 10. The Constraints on Labour Internationalism: Contradictions and Prospects Chapter 11. Labour Movement Renewal in the Era of Globalization: Union Responses in the South Chapter 12. Peripheralizing Labour: the ILO, WTO and the Completion of the Bretton Woods Project Chapter 13. The Varied Paths to Minimum Global Labour Standads Chapter 14. Labour as a Global Social Force: Past Divisions and New Tasks References Index