The crisis of Social Democratic trade unionism in Western Europe: the search for alternatives

Upchurch, Martin and Taylor, Graham and Mathers, Andrew (2009) The crisis of Social Democratic trade unionism in Western Europe: the search for alternatives. Contemporary employment relations . Ashgate. ISBN 9780754670537

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Outlines the developing crisis of social democratic trade unionism in Western Europe and examines the emerging alternatives. The authors define 'social democratic trade unionism' and its associated party-union nexus and explain how this traditional model has been threatened by social democracy's accommodation to neo-liberal restructuring and public service reform. Examining the experience of Sweden, Germany, Britain and France, the volume explores the historical rise and fall of social democratic trade unionism in each of these countries and probes the policy and practice of the European Trade Union Confederation. The authors critically examine the possibilities for a revival of social democratic unionism in terms of strategic policy and identity, offering suggestions for an alternative, radicalized political unionism. The research value of the book is highlighted by its focus on contemporary developments and intimate knowledge of the chosen countries.

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