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Organizing – A Strategic Option for Trade Union Renewal?

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  • Klaus Doerre
  • Hajo Holst
  • Oliver Nachtwey

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Against the background of a deep crisis in trade union representation, the authors seek to determine some possible starting points for a renewal of trade unions. The employees’ organisations are seen as actors who have a strategic choice as to which power resources to tap. Though the specific national systems of industrial relations influence the unions’ strategic options, there are nevertheless various opportunities for transnational learning processes. This contribution analyses the potential for trade union renewal, drawing on several examples of organizing approaches in the USA and Germany.

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  • Klaus Doerre & Hajo Holst & Oliver Nachtwey, 2009. "Organizing – A Strategic Option for Trade Union Renewal?," International Journal of Action Research, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 5(1), pages 33-67.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ijares:doi_10.1688/1861-9916_ijar_2009_01_doerre
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    Cited by:

    1. Kota Kitagawa & Arata Uemura, 2015. "General statutory minimum wage debate in Germany: Degrees of political intervention in collective bargaining autonomy," Discussion papers e-14-015, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
    2. Lisa Dorigatti, 2014. "Organizzare i non organizzati," ECONOMIA E SOCIETÀ REGIONALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2014(1), pages 129-141.

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    Keywords

    union revitalization; power pesources; organizing; industrial relations;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence

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