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Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century$
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Elin Haugsgjerd Allern and Tim Bale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790471

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790471.001.0001

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The Relationship between Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in Contemporary Democracies

The Relationship between Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in Contemporary Democracies

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(p.280) 15 The Relationship between Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in Contemporary Democracies
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Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century
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Elin Haugsgjerd Allern

Tim Bale

Simon Otjes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790471.003.0015

This chapter draws broad conclusions about relationships between left-of-centre (and indeed other) parties and unions from the new and rich data gathered by the country teams, allowing innovative datasets to be created based on the survey of links at the organizational level. This chapter summarizes the comparative findings based on that data, focusing on differences and similarities between and within countries, and between parties’ central offices and their legislative party groups. It looks at informal as well as formal links and at personnel overlaps as well as organizational ties. The chapter also touches on change over time and on how and whether parties’ and unions’ subjective/impressionistic judgements on the state of their relationships match those emerging from the data. Overall, it finds that, notwithstanding considerable variation, there are still many parties and trade unions that continue to enjoy relatively close relationships.

Keywords:   parties, social democratic, labour, trade unions, organization, links, closeness, range, comparative dataset

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