Global Unions?: Theory and Strategies of Organized Labour in the Global Political Economy [NOOK Book]

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This edited collection examines the interaction between industrial relations and international relations in the global economy. The role of trade unions has changed significantly in the era of economic globalization and this book analyzes the key developments in union strategy on a local, national, regional and global level.

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Global Unions?: Theory and Strategies of Organized Labour in the Global Political Economy

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Overview

This edited collection examines the interaction between industrial relations and international relations in the global economy. The role of trade unions has changed significantly in the era of economic globalization and this book analyzes the key developments in union strategy on a local, national, regional and global level.

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Jeffrey Harrod is Emeritus professor of International and Comparative Labour Studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and teaches at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.
Robert O'Brien is an Associate Professor in the department of Political Science and a member of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University, Canada.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Series editors' preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Pt. I International political economy and organized labour: approaches and theories 1
1 Organized labour and the global political economy 3
2 Work, production and social relations: repositioning the firm in the international political economy 29
3 Towards an international political economy of labour 49
4 Internationalization, industrial relations theory and international relations 64
Pt. II National and regional strategies 81
5 Organizing globally, organizing locally: union spatial strategy in a global economy 83
6 Trade unions, globalization and training: initiatives in Britain and Brazil 100
7 The international dimension of labour federation economic strategy in Canada and the United States 1947-2000 115
8 Unions, capitals and states: competing (inter)nationalisms in North American and European integration 130
9 International labour and regional integration in the Asia-Pacific 151
Pt. III The global arena: unions and global dynamics 165
10 The constraints on labour internationalism: contradictions and prospects 167
11 Labour movement renewal in the era of globalization: union responses in the South 185
12 Peripheralizing labour: the ILO, WTO and the completion of the Bretton Woods project 204
13 The varied paths to minimum global labour standards 221
14 Labour as a global social force: past divisions and new tasks 235
Bibliography 251
Index 277
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