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Union coalitions and strategic framing: The case of the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales

Gooberman, Leon ORCID: and Hauptmeier, Marco ORCID: 2023. Union coalitions and strategic framing: The case of the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales. Work, Employment and Society 37 (5) , pp. 1226-1243. 10.1177/09500170211069787

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This article analyses the creation of a union coalition that introduced a new employment relations institution: the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales. Building on social movement theory, the article argues that the union’s strategic framing within a conducive political opportunity structure enabled the coalition to form and pursue its goals. The union engaged in a specific frame alignment strategy, frame bridging, to explore and mobilize intersections and shared interests between its own frame and those of its coalition partners. Frame bridging prompted actors to reverse their policy preferences and participate in the coalition, which was facilitated by a political opportunity structure formed from the political salience of the agricultural sector and pre-existing social ties in the ‘small state’ political economy of Wales. The article contributes to the literature by developing and extending the frame bridging concept as a process enabling union coalitions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0950-0170
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 December 2021
Date of Acceptance: 6 December 2021
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2023 20:23

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