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Trade Union Merger Strategies: Purpose, Process, and Performance

Roger Undy


This empirical study of British trade union mergers examines the causes of mergers; the search for merger partners; merger negotiations; and merger outcomes. These developments are set within the context of declining union membership and an associated loss of unions' political and economic influence. The contribution that union mergers can make to union performance and union revitalization is assessed by reference to changes in merged unions' job territories, political objectives and means, democratic ethos and government, administration, and union leaders' imperatives. The choice of merger pr ... More

Keywords: British trade unions, merged unions, performance, union democracy, union government, union leaders, union membership, unions' political objectives, union revitalization, union strategies, union transformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199544943
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Undy, author
Emeritus Reader, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow, Templeton College, Oxford
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