Labour Movements, Employers, and the State

Labour Movements, Employers, and the State

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This comparative study uses Barrington Moore's notion of `suppressed historical alternatives' to reassess theories of industrial conflict, class organization, and state intervention. It explores the origins of organizational differences in the emergence of labour movements and the employer counter-attack, emphasizing the strength of Sweden's neglected craft unions and the forgotten attempts by British unions to build Swedish style national federations. It examines the strong tendenciestowards state control in Sweden and repeated British efforts to establish joint central regulation, which have been similarly overlooked. Unfashionable institutionalist explorations of the Swedish labour peace are defended but it is also argued that the Swedish system of regulation was self-undermining. The book analyses the failure of corporatist integration in both countries and the ensuing struggle between left and right alternatives. The attempt to bring about economic and industrial democracy in Sweden, the decline of the British unions, and current tendencies towards a neo-liberal convergence, are all discussed.The LKAB strike certainly had an element of this in it, but Korpi found that sixty per cent of the metalworkersa#39; wage ... Manual Versus Non-Manual Labour The wage solidarity issue soon became involved with the increasingly salient issue of anbsp;...

Title:Labour Movements, Employers, and the State
Author:James Fulcher
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 1991


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