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Title:
The international handbook of labour unions : responses to neo-liberalism
Author:
Gall, Gregor.
ISBN:
9781848448629
Publication Information:
Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar, 2011.
Physical Description:
xiv, 343 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series:
Elgar original reference
Contents:
Labour unionism and neo-liberalism / Theories of collective action and union power / Union renewal: objective circumstances and social action / Pragmatism, ideology or politics? Unions' and workers' responses to the imposition of neo-liberalism in Argentina / Neo-liberal evolution and union responses in Australia / Britain : how neo-liberalism cut unions down to size / Unions in china in a period of marketisation / France: union responses to neo-liberalism / German unions facing neo-liberalism : between resistance and accommodation / India, neo-liberalism and union responses : unfinished business and protracted struggles / Russian unions after communism : a study in subordination / Neo-liberalism, union responses and the transformation of the South Korean labour movement / Unions facing and suffering neo-liberalism in the United States / The crisis of neo-liberalism and the American labour movement / Interaction between labour unions and social movements in responding to neo-liberalism / Unions, globalisation and internationalism : results and prospects / A future for the labour movement?
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This insightful Handbook examines how labour unions across the world have experienced and responded to the growth of neo-liberalism.Since the 1970s, the spread of neo-liberalism across the world has radically reconfigured the relationship between unions, employers and the state. The contributors highlight that this is the major cause and effect of union decline and argue that if there is to be any union revitalisation and return to former levels of influence, then unions need to respond in appropriate political and practical ways. Written in a clear and accessible style, the Handbook examines unions' efforts to date in many of the major economies of the world, providing foundations for understanding each country.Policymakers, analysts, academics, researchers and advanced students in employment, industrial and labour relations as well as political economy will find this unique Handbook an important resource to understanding the contemporary plight and activity of labour unions.