Beyond the chains that bind: the political crisis of unions in Western Europe

Taylor, Graham and Mathers, Andrew and Upchurch, Martin (2011) Beyond the chains that bind: the political crisis of unions in Western Europe. Labor History, 52 (3). pp. 287-305. ISSN 0023-656X

[img]
Preview
PDF
164kB

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2011.600541

This item is available in the Library Catalogue

Abstract

The dynamics of neo-liberal restructuring have generated serious tensions in the institutional alignments between social democratic political parties and labor unions in Western Europe. This article explores the origins, development and consequences of the resulting political crisis through a detailed analysis of the institutional alignment of parties and unions in Sweden, Germany, UK and France. The authors reject the argument that the changing contours of the party-union nexus can be understood solely on the basis of a rational choice analysis of labor movement actors in favor of an account that also highlights the importance of historical path dependency and ideological orientation. The resulting complexity of union responses to the crisis of the party-union nexus is explored through the construction of a typology that charts union reorientation along the dimensions of accommodation with, or resistance against, neo-liberalism and within and beyond the national political context. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER].

Item Type:Article
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Citations on ISI Web of Science:0
ID Code:8185
Permissions granted by publisher:Pre-print version may be archived.
Useful Links:
Deposited On:13 Oct 2011 07:02
Last Modified:23 Jul 2014 08:48

Repository staff only: item control page

Full text downloads (NB count will be zero if no full text documents are attached to the record)

Downloads per month over the past year