Geoffrey Wood, Mark Harcourt, Shirin M. Rai og Wyn Grant
Manchester University Press, 208 s. ISBN 0719069785
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This book explores the changing role of trade unions as products of, and agents for, democracy. Despite conventionally being portrayed as politically marginalised and in terminal decline, trade unions continue to represent a significant component of society within most industrialised countries and have demonstrated a capacity for revival and renewal in the face of difficult circumstances.
It brings together a distinguished panel of leading and emerging scholars in the field, and provides a critical assessment of the current role of trade 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 labour movement.
This volume will be of interest to students and academics in industrial relations, critical management studies, political studies and sociology.
1. Introduction – Trade
unions and democracy: Possibilities and contradictions
2. Trade unions and
theories of democracy
3. Neo-liberal reforms and accords: Are they compatible with democracy?
4. Trade unions and
democracy: Can the third way recast the lnk?
5. Unions and non-standard employment
6. New forms of work and the representational gap: A Durban case study
7. The changing impact and strength of the labour movement in advanced
8. The US and Canadian labour movements: Markets vs. states and societies
9. The rise and fall of the organizing model in the US
10. Union growth and reversal in newly industrialised countries: The case of
South Korea and peripheral workers
11. The rise of unions in semi-industrialised
countries: The cases of South Africa and Zimbabwe
12. Social movement unionism
13. Unions and politics
14. Trade union democracy: The dynamics of
15. Unions and social partnerships
16. Engagement or disengagement?: Unions and a