How Does Restructuring Contribute to Union Revitalization?
Behrens, Martin; Hurd, Richard W.; Hamann, Kerstin
[Excerpt] As we look cross-nationally at labour movement revitalization, we see a complex process of change that varies depending on the socio-political/economic context. Although we observe a diverse set of union strategies and outcomes, we find that structural adjustment is a common element of revitalization efforts. The mere presence of restructuring does not, of course, assure positive results. In this chapter we define various forms of restructuring, outline factors that shape and promote restructuring, and discuss the likelihood that restructuring leads to union revitalization by using examples from our cross-country comparison.
labor unions; labor movement; organizing; revitalization; restructuring
Required Publisher Statement: © Oxford University Press. Final version published as: Behrens, M., Hurd, R., & Waddington, J. (2004). How does restructuring contribute to union revitalization? In C. Frege & J. Kelly (Eds.), Varieties of unionism: Strategies for union revitalization in a globalizing economy (pp. 117-136). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.