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Conflicting imperatives? Ethnonationalism and neoliberalism in industrial relations

Preminger, Jonathan ORCID: and Bondy, Assaf 2022. Conflicting imperatives? Ethnonationalism and neoliberalism in industrial relations. ILR Review

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Based on a rich case study of noncitizen Palestinian workers in the Israeli construction sector, this article explores the dynamic between the exclusionary imperative of ethnonationalism and the inclusionary imperative of neoliberalism. The authors assert that these imperatives are an insightful and heuristically useful framework that can illuminate the choices of social actors as well as the constraints on these choices, and show how it can explain the apparently contradictory decisions and developments that impact industrial relations institutions and the employment relationship more broadly. While neoliberalism generally weakens organized labor, the study shows how the dynamic between the two imperatives can open space for the inclusion of disenfranchised ethnonational groups within collective labor relations – a first step to political empowerment. The study thus reasserts the importance of organized labor as a powerful actor able to engender progressive change, even for the “ethnonational other” under rigidly ethnonationalistic regimes.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizenship, Construction, Ethnonationalism, Inclusion, Industrial relations, Israel, Neoliberalism, Organized labor, Palestinians, Rights, Trade Unionism
ISSN: 0019-7939
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 September 2022
Date of Acceptance: 17 August 2022
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2022 05:54

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