Does political congruence help us understand trade union renewal?

Upchurch, Martin and Croucher, Richard and Flynn, Matt (2014) Does political congruence help us understand trade union renewal? In: Comparative Political Economy of Work. Hauptmeier, Marco and Vidal, Matt, eds. Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment . Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 272-289. ISBN 9781137322272

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Abstract

We introduce the concept of political congruence as predictor or explanatory factor of trade union renewal. Strategic change is more likely to succeed when political congruence exists between the values, expectations and intended outcomes of the three sub-sets of leaders, activists and members in a union. We define political congruence (P/c) as convergence of shared political values and vision. For P/c to occur we need a particular chemistry of independent factors to coalesce. We note, in particular, that there have been exceptional periods of individual union growth, measured in terms of membership, density, and effectiveness. These episodes of exceptional growth need to be studied and understood, if we are to make sense of debates on union ‘renewal’.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 13202
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Depositing User: Martin Upchurch
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 10:51
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2018 11:13
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13202

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