The crisis of social democratic unionism: the opening up of civil society and the prospects for union renewal in the UK, France and Germany

Upchurch, Martin ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9143-993X, Taylor, Graham and Mathers, Andrew (2008) The crisis of social democratic unionism: the opening up of civil society and the prospects for union renewal in the UK, France and Germany. Labor studies journal . ISSN 1538-9758 [Article]

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Abstract

This article defines and explores the crisis of social democratic trade unionism in three countries in western Europe. The authors contend that a particularized form of postwar trade union orientation was socially constructed in Britain, Germany, and France in which a party union nexus gave special privileges to unions in return for compliance with state policies in the national interest. This arrangement has broken down in recent years under the pressure of global product market competition. As a result, trade unions are being forced to adopt alternative strategic orientations, involving both a fracture in the party union nexus and a willingness to work within wider civil society.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 1449
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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009 16:00
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2022 02:47
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/1449

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