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Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern and Tim Bale


In recent decades it has been widely argued that the links between left-of-centre parties and trade unions have declined as their collaboration has become less mutually beneficial, not least as a consequence of structural changes in the economy and labour market. This book interrogates, qualifies, and even challenges that widespread assumption. By using systematic, comparative methods and brand new data gathered by a cross-national team of experts, it uncovers and explores what turns out to be considerable variation in the strength of contemporary organizational links between parties and union ... More

Keywords: political parties, Social Democrats, Labour, trade unions, interest groups

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790471
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, editor
Professor of Political Science, University if Oslo

Tim Bale, editor
Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London

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2 Mapping Party–Trade Union Relationships in Contemporary Democracies

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, Tim Bale, and Simon Otjes

4 A Dying Embrace?

Kurt Richard Luther

5 Finland

Tapio Raunio and Niko Laine

7 Growing Apart?

Tim Spier

8 Parties and Labour Federations in Israel

Ronen Mandelkern and Gideon Rahat

9 Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in Italy

Liborio Mattina and Mimmo Carrieri

10 The Legacy of Pillarization

Simon Otjes and Anne Rasmussen

12 Strong Ties between Independent Organizations

Roland Erne and Sebastian Schief

13 No Place Else To Go

Paul Webb and Tim Bale

14 Still So Happy Together?

Christopher Witko

Chapter 16 Variations in Party–Union Relationships

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, Tim Bale, and Simon Otjes

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