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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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Variations in Party–Union Relationships

Variations in Party–Union Relationships

Explanations and Implications

(p.310) Chapter 16 Variations in Party–Union Relationships
Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern

Tim Bale

Simon Otjes

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter begins with an attempt to summarize the main findings that come out of the case studies in order to suggest some of the reasons that party–union relationships have changed over time: what, if anything, has change—or, indeed, lack of change—to do with how useful the links between parties and unions seem to be to those involved? It then moves to the main focus and contribution—explaining contemporary variation by systematically testing hypotheses generated from our cost–benefit exchange model, looking also at country and contextual factors such as the fragmentation and polarization of the party system, or the trade unions in general, or the strength of corporatist structures, or else pluralism. The chapter finishes with a brief look at the possible impact of party–union relationships on real-world politics and policy.

Keywords:   parties, social democratic, labour, trade unions, organization, links, closeness, range, policy implications

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