A spill-over theory of international trade unionism

Abbott, Keith 2007, A spill-over theory of international trade unionism, International review of business research papers, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 1-11.

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Title A spill-over theory of international trade unionism
Author(s) Abbott, Keith
Journal name International review of business research papers
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 11
Publisher World Business Institute
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 1837-5685
1832-9543
Keyword(s) Business
Summary This paper use neo-functionalist and institutionalist theories of geo-political integration to develop a theory of international trade unionism. In brief, the theory asserts that the type of international ‘context’ in which international trade unions operate presupposes the types of ‘imperatives’ that will dominate their interests and concerns. These imperatives are taken to operate along one of three dimensions - industrial, political and ideological, and are seen as evolving in accordance with the ‘logic of spill-over’ in global and sub-global integration processes. Using this interpretation the discussion provides reasons as to why ideological imperatives have historically dominated international trade union thinking, the only exception being regional trade unions operating in Europe, which have evolved beyond the ideological to embrace industrial and political imperatives in their modes of organisation and operation.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007191

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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