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The new solidarity? Trade Union coalition-building in five countries

Heery, Edmund James ORCID: 2004. The new solidarity? Trade Union coalition-building in five countries. Frege, Carola and Kelly, John, eds. Varieties of Unionism: Strategies for Union Revitalization in a Globalizing Economy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 137-158. (10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270149.003.0008)

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This chapter deals with attempts by unions to build coalitions with other movements and institutions in civil society. In the first place, it identifies the functions of coalition-building for unions and notes the types of resource that unions can access through alliance with other civil society agents. Secondly, it develops a typology of union-backed coalitions that distinguishes between vanguard, common-cause, and integrative coalitions. Thirdly, it examines the factors that promote coalition, which range from diminishing traditional union resources, through the availability of coalition partners to the political opportunity structure. This framework is illustrated by comparing patterns of union coalition-building in the five cases of Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the US.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: coalitions, civil society, resources, mobilization, opportunity structure
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199270149
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Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:40

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