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The International Handbook of Labour Unions

Responses to Neo-Liberalism Edited by Gregor Gall, Visiting Professor of Industrial Relations, University of Leeds, UK, Adrian Wilkinson, Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith University, Australia and Richard Hurd, Cornell University, US
Since the 1970s, the spread of neo-liberalism across the world has radically reconfigured the relationship between unions, employers and the state. The contributors highlight that this is the major cause and effect of union decline and if there is to be any union revitalisation and return to former levels of influence, then unions need to respond in appropriate political and practical ways. Written in a clear and accessible style, the Handbook examines unions’ efforts to date in many of the major economies of the world, providing foundations for understanding each country.
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Publication Date: 2012
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This insightful Handbook examines how labour unions across the world have experienced and responded to the growth of neo-liberalism.

Since the 1970s, the spread of neo-liberalism across the world has radically reconfigured the relationship between unions, employers and the state. The contributors highlight that this is the major cause and effect of union decline and argue that if there is to be any union revitalisation and return to former levels of influence, then unions need to respond in appropriate political and practical ways. Written in a clear and accessible style, the Handbook examines unions’ efforts to date in many of the major economies of the world, providing foundations for understanding each country.

Policymakers, analysts, academics, researchers and advanced students in employment, industrial and labour relations as well as political economy will find this unique Handbook an important resource to understanding the contemporary plight and activity of labour unions.
‘Gall, Wilkinson, and Hurd have produced an impressive collection of scholarly essays on labour’s responses to neoliberalism. The International Handbook of Labour Unions provides policymakers, analysts, academics, researchers, and advanced students a compelling framework and key insights in identifying the dilemmas facing labour in the ages of globalisation.’
– Edward Webster, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Contributors: S. Ashwin, M. Atzeni, J. Bailey, D. Beale, B. Bruno, D.-o. Chang, S. Contrepois, F.L. Cooke, P. Dibben, H. Dribbusch, B. Fletcher Jr., G. Gall, P. Ghigliani, R. Hurd, J. Kelly, J. McIlroy, R. Munck, E. Noronha, D. Peetz, T. Schulten, R.L. Trumka, L. Turner, A. Wilkinson, G. Wood
Contents:

1. Labour Unionism and Neo-liberalism
Gregor Gall, Richard Hurd and Adrian Wilkinson

2. Theories of Collective Action and Union Power
John Kelly

3. Union Renewal: Objective Circumstances and Social Action
Pauline Dibben and Geoffrey Wood

4. Pragmatism, Ideology or Politics? Unions’ and Workers’ Responses to the Imposition of Neo-liberalism in Argentina
Maurizio Atzeni and Pablo Ghigliani

5. Neo-liberal Evolution and Union Responses in Australia
David Peetz and Janis Bailey

6. Britain: How Neo-liberalism Cut Unions Down to Size
John McIlroy

7. Unions in China in a Period of Marketisation
Fang Lee Cooke

8. France: Union Responses to Neo-liberalism
Sylvie Contrepois

9. German Unions Facing Neo-liberalism: Between Resistance and Accommodation
Heiner Dribbusch and Thorsten Schulten

10. India, Neo-liberalism and Union Responses – Unfinished Business and Protracted Struggles
Ernesto Noronha and David Beale

11. Russian Unions After Communism: A Study in Subordination
Sarah Ashwin

12. Neo-liberalism, Union Responses and the Transformation of the South Korean Labour Movement
Dae-oup Chang

13. Unions Facing and Suffering Neo-liberalism in the United States
Bob Bruno

14. The Crisis of Neo-liberalism and the American Labour Movement
Richard L. Trumka

15. Interaction between Labour Unions and Social Movements in Responding to Neo-liberalism
Bill Fletcher Jr

16. Unions, Globalisation and Internationalism: Results and Prospects
Ronaldo Munck

17. A Future for the Labour Movement?
Lowell Turner

Index