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Labor Revitalization: Global Perspectives and New Initiatives Vol: 11

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02 Oct 2003
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
304 pages - 156 x 234 x 19mm
Research in the Sociology of Work


This work examines variations among nations in the wide array of initiatives labour unions and labour movements are taking to strengthen themselves and recruit new members. Moving beyond previous research on the factors leading to union decline, the international group of scholars who have contributed to this volume present a research agenda on the many initiatives unions are taking - and the different social, economic, and political challenges they face in several world regions, as labour movements endeavor to revitalize themselves. These revitalizing initiatives include changing labor leadership and membership organizing strategies; "social movement unionism"; broadening the range of services provided to union members; and pursuing political and legal reform that achieves freedom of association. The contemporary cases of labour revitalization in this volume have occurred in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. The research agenda presented here rests on the conceptualization of labour revitalization as "socially embedded action," or strategic action taken by labor unions to strengthen themselves by redefining their relationships with workers, employers and states. Each of the three parts of "Labor Revitalization" addresses labour's changing relationships with workers, employers, and states, respectively.
Labor-worker relations and labor revitalization - the challenge of union bureaucratization - reviving the labor movement - a comparative perspective, L. Turner; made in the USA, imported into Britain - the organizing model and the limits of transferability, B. Carter et al; organising for renewal - a case study of the UK's organising academy, E. Heery et al; revitalization of the labor movement in The Netherlands - with or without the traditional unions?, L. Beukema, H. Coenen. labor-employer relations and labor revitalization - reshaping employment relations: regional development and new labor strategies - trade unions and the new car plants in Resende, Brazil, A. Rangel de Paiva Abreu, J.R. Ramalho; Korean white-collar unions' journey to labor solidarity - the historic path from industrial to enterprise unionism, Doowon Suh; labor-state relations and labor revitalization - political opportunity and labor autonomy from the state - labor revitalization? the case of Australia, R. Cooper et al; Mexican trade unionism in the face of political transition, E. de la Garza Toledo; political transition and labor revitalization in Mexico, G. Bensus n, M.L. Cook; relegitimization of the union movement in Venezuela, H. Lucena.

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