The structural events approach- A "better" way to understand long-term change in trade union structure: the Australian story (1986-96)

Saville, Kerrie 2007, The structural events approach- A "better" way to understand long-term change in trade union structure: the Australian story (1986-96), Journal of industrial relations, vol. 49, no. 5, pp. 757-773.

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Title The structural events approach- A "better" way to understand long-term change in trade union structure: the Australian story (1986-96)
Author(s) Saville, Kerrie
Journal name Journal of industrial relations
Volume number 49
Issue number 5
Start page 757
End page 773
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0022-1856
Keyword(s) trade union structure
Australian trade union movement
trade unions
union fomations
union dissolutions
union mergers
Summary Traditional studies of long-term change in trade union structure have predominantly focused on aggregate trends in union merger activity in constructing explanations of change. Using the Australian trade union movement as an example, this article argues that our understanding of the long-term change in the external structure of trade unions would be better served by a structural events approach (Waddington, 1995) that examines the incidence of union formations, dissolutions, and breakaways, in addition to that of union mergers. In doing so, this article presents new data on structural change in the Australian trade union movement between 1986 and 1996, and explains the additional contribution made by union dissolutions and union formations to the reductionist effects of the merger wave that dominated these years.
Language eng
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
Socio Economic Objective 910401 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Industrial Relations Society of Australia, SAGE Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007785

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