Theorising international trade unionism

Abbott, Keith 2011, Theorising international trade unionism, Global labour journal, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 160-179.

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Title Theorising international trade unionism
Author(s) Abbott, KeithORCID iD for Abbott, Keith
Journal name Global labour journal
Volume number 2
Issue number 3
Start page 160
End page 179
Total pages 20
Publisher McMaster University
Place of publication Regina, Canada
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 1918-6711
Keyword(s) ETUC
international trade unions
Summary This paper uses 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 significant 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
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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