Labor Organisations: A Macro- and Micro-Sociological analysis on A Comparative Basis

Labor Organisations: A Macro- and Micro-Sociological analysis on A Comparative Basis

by Mark van de Vall


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From an opposition movement trade unions have become a recognised institution deeply rooted in our economic and political system. Trade union members' perception of their union, their motives for joining and participating or leaving the unions and also the aims they expect their unions to pursue have all altered. Professor van de Vall's 1970 text questions what problems processes of change in society, change in the unions and change in their membership have created. The author first examines the economic, sociological, psychological and political differences between the nineteenth century and the 1960s. He then delves into trade union movement's organisational structure and how it changed. Arguing that the union's ties with its members were declining the author considers why this was the case and investigates the role automation plays in this process. This analysis of labour's problems rests basically upon research in Western Europe during the late 1960s, and uses the United States data for comparative purposes.

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ISBN-13: 9780521130813
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/11/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Lists of figures, tables and charts; Part I. Macro-Sociological Analysis: 1. The Welfare State; 2. The trade unions; 3. The leaders and the members; Part II. Micro-Sociological Analysis: 4. Toward the union: joining; 5. In the union: participation; 6. Out of the union: ex-members; Appendices; Bibliography; Index of names; Index of subjects.

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