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The Future of Labour Movements

The Future of Labour Movements

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November 1994 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The experience of labor movements in the 1980s and a reinterpretation of their role in the new circumstances of the 1990s is the subject of this engaging volume. Drawn from interdisciplinary perspectives, The Future of Labour Movements uses comparative analyses (of research from the European Community and other OECD countries) to account for long-term changes and to interpret recent developments. The contributors focus on labor movements in both the economic and political dimensions, as actors in the economic system through collective bargaining and other mechanisms and as actors in the political arena, both in corporatist states and in other political systems. Labor movements and institutions, particularly trade unions, are also examined in light of the broader social movements from which they originate. A unique source of analysis of recent and future trends in labor movements, this volume is important reading for academics, researchers, and advanced students in sociology, industrial relations, and political science. "This volume represents a major advance in the development of a comparative sociological understanding of trade unions and labour movement in advanced industrial societies. It brings together many of the leading members of the ISA's recently formed Research Committee on Labour Movements, all of whom bring to bear and unrivalled depth of knowledge deriving from many years of research and writing in the field. Added spice comes from the highly critical debates. . . . The volume is brimming with insights and ideas, and deserves the serious attention of all scholars interested in the field." --European Sociological Review "Marino Regini's careful editing has ensured a very high level of coherence of all contributions." --West European Politics "Provides an up-to-date, comprehensive comparative analysis of the factors leading to the decline of trade unions and collective bargaining across the developed world." --Choice "Comparative institutional analysis is one of the most vibrant approaches in the social sciences, and this book confirms its centrality to an understanding of current developments in industrial relations." --British Journal of Sociology "Sociologists eager to try their hand at this kind of cross-cultural research will find much advice of value." --American Journal of Sociology

Marino Regini
The Past and Future of Social Studies of Labour Movements

Jelle Visser
The Strength of Union Movements in Advanced Capitalist Democracies
Social and Organizational Variations

J Samuel Valenzuela
Labour Movements and Political Systems
Some Variations

Michael Shalev
The Resurgence of Labour Quiescence
Gøsta Esping-Andersen
The Emerging Realignment Between Labour Movements and Welfare States
Richard Hyman
Trade Unions and the Disaggregation of the Working Class
Colin Crouch
The Fate of Articulated Industrial Relations Systems
A Stock-taking After the `Neo-liberal' Decade

Luca Lanzalaco and Philippe C Schmitter
Europe's Internal Market, Business Associability and the Labour Movement
Horst Kern and Charles F Sabel
Trade Unions and Decentralized Production
A Sketch of Strategic Problems in the German Labour Movement

Wolfgang Streeck
Training and the New Industrial Relations
A Strategic Role for Unions?