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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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Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in Italy

Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in Italy

From Party Dominance to a Dialogue of the Deaf

(p.170) 9 Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in Italy
Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century

Liborio Mattina

Mimmo Carrieri

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the number and variety of organizational links that exist between Italy’s main left-of-centre party—the Democratic Party (PD)—and the three major Italian trade unions (CGIL, CISL, and UIL). It stresses that the relationship between the PD and CGIL has been stronger than the one the party has enjoyed with the other two. Recently, however, that relationship has deteriorated badly, a process triggered by the generational change which has occurred within the Democratic Party. A consequence of this deterioration is the trade unions’ downsizing as a political actor and less trade union friendly employment policies emanating from government.

Keywords:   Communist Party, religious cleavage, trade union fragmentation, Democratic Party, cartel party

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