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Trade Unions and Democracy
Author: Mark Harcourt (NZ) and Geoffrey Wood

ISBN: 9780719069796
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 17 January 2009
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97 x 2.26
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Available for the first time in paperback, this book explores the role of trade unions as products of, and agents for, democracy. The crisis facing established democratic institutions in the advanced societies has been widely noted. In response, there has been increasing interest in the role of civil society actors, ranging from established socio-political collectives to new grassroots organizations. On the one hand, conventional wisdom holds that organized labor in the advanced societies has remained locked in a cycle of political marginalization and decline. On the other hand, unions continue to represent a significant component of society within most industrialized countries. Indeed, in many cases, they have demonstrated a capacity for effective renewal and for co-ordinating their efforts with other civil society actors as part and parcel of the current groudswell of public opinion against the neo-liberal orthodoxy.

The book brings together a distinguished panel of leading and emerging scholars in the field, and provides a critical assessment of the current role of unions in society, their capacity to impact on state policies in such a manner as to...

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