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Varieties of Unionism: Strategies for Union Revitalization in a Globalizing Economy

Carola Frege and John Kelly


As unions face an ongoing crisis all over the industrialized world, they have often been portrayed as outmoded remnants of an old economic structure. This book argues that despite structural shifts in the economy and in politics, unions retain important functions for capitalist economies as well as for political democracy. Union revitalization in the face of their current difficulties is therefore of fundamental importance. This book charts the strategies unions use to respond to global union decline and to revive their fortunes in five countries — the liberal market economies of the US and th ... More

Keywords: union decline, union strategy, union organizing, social partnership, union politics, union structure, coalition-building

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270149
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270149.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carola Frege, editor
Reader in Industrial Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Assistant Professor at the School for Management and Employment, Rutgers University
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John Kelly, editor
Professor of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics
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