The Crisis of Social Democratic Trade Unionism in Western Europe
The Search for Alternatives

 

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The Crisis of Social Democratic Trade Unionism in Western Europe
The Search for Alternatives

by Andrew Mathers (Author)
by Martin Upchurch (Author)
by Graham Taylor (Author)
Gregor Gall (Series Edited)

 

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ISBN: 9780754670537

 

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Outlines a crisis of social democratic trade unionism in Western Europe and examines the alternatives. This book defines social democratic trade unionism and its associated party-union nexus and explains how this traditional model has been threatened by social democracy's accommodation to neoliberal restructuring and public service reform.


There is a developing crisis of social democratic trade unionism in Western Europe; this volume outlines the crisis and examines the emerging alternatives. The authors define 'social democratic trade unionism' and its associated party-union nexus and explain how this traditional model has been threatened by social democracy's accommodation to neo-liberal restructuring and public service reform. Examining the experience of Sweden, Germany, Britain and France, the volume explores the historical rise and fall of social democratic trade unionism in each of these countries and probes the policy and practice of the European Trade Union Confederation. The authors critically examine the possibilities for a revival of social democratic unionism in terms of strategic policy and identity, offering suggestions for an alternative, radicalized political unionism. The research value of the book is highlighted by its focus on contemporary developments and its authors' intimate knowledge of the chosen countries.


 

ISBN 754670538
ISBN13 9780754670537
Publisher Ashgate Publishing Limited
Format Hardback
Publication date 13/01/2009
Pages 244
Weight (grammes) 592
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 234
Width (mm) 156

Contents: Social democracy and trade unions
Sweden a " social democracy after the divorce?
Germany a " the collapse of a model?
State, unions, and labourism in Britain
The persistence of French exceptionalism?
The 'European social model': towards a transnational social democratic trade unionism?
Alternative futures?
Appendices
References
Index.