Trade Unions in West Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Trade Unions in West Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

by Craig Phelan
     
 
This book investigates the state of trade unionism in Africa’s most populous regional economic zone. With the exception of the former British colonies of Nigeria and Ghana, surprisingly little has been written on the trade union movements that have played such pivotal roles in the histories of the fifteen countries that comprise the Economic Community of West

Overview

This book investigates the state of trade unionism in Africa’s most populous regional economic zone. With the exception of the former British colonies of Nigeria and Ghana, surprisingly little has been written on the trade union movements that have played such pivotal roles in the histories of the fifteen countries that comprise the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Trade Unions in West Africa is the story of how trade unions, in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, have achieved a measure of success and how they remain today a weakened but still potent source of potential change in one of the most politically and economically troubled regions in the world. As the chapters in this book make clear, one of the brightest hopes for the continent is the strength of its civil society, and in West Africa, trade unionism has long been at the forefront of civil society’s efforts to make a difference.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783034301176
Publisher:
Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date:
08/20/2011
Series:
Trade Unions. Past, Present and Future Series, #7
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Craig Phelan is editor of the journal Labor History and Professor of Modern History at Kingston University London.

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