Beyond the chains that bind: the political crisis of unions in Western Europe

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Taylor, G., Mathers, A. and Upchurch, M. 2011. Beyond the chains that bind: the political crisis of unions in Western Europe. Labor History. 52 (3), pp. 287-305. https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2011.600541
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TitleBeyond the chains that bind: the political crisis of unions in Western Europe
AuthorsTaylor, G., Mathers, A. and Upchurch, M.
Abstract

The dynamics of neo-liberal restructuring have generated serious tensions in the institutional alignments between social democratic political parties and labor unions in Western Europe. This article explores the origins, development and consequences of the resulting political crisis through a detailed analysis of the institutional alignment of parties and unions in Sweden, Germany, UK and France. The authors reject the argument that the changing contours of the party-union nexus can be understood solely on the basis of a rational choice analysis of labor movement actors in favor of an account that also highlights the importance of historical path dependency and ideological orientation. The resulting complexity of union responses to the crisis of the party-union nexus is explored through the construction of a typology that charts union reorientation along the dimensions of accommodation with, or resistance against, neo-liberalism and within and beyond the national political context. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER].

Research GroupEmployment Relations group
PublisherRoutledge
JournalLabor History
ISSN0023-656X
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PrintAug 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Oct 2011
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2011.600541
LanguageEnglish
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