1st Edition

Comrades and Brothers Communism and Trade Unions in Europe

Edited By Michael Waller, Stéphane Courtois, Marc Lazar Copyright 1991
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1991, this book opens with a theoretical and historical section and analyses the affairs of both the communist party and the trade unions of specific European countries. The first part of the book deals with cases of communist strength, where the communist part had close links with a particular trade union (France, Italy, Spain). The second part looks at cases where social democracy dominated the Left (Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK). Two further essays examine developments in the 1980s in Hungary and Poland.

    Introduction: Another Crossroads for Communism Michael Waller Communist Parties and the Trade Unions: The History of a Partnership 1. The Origins of the Trade Union Question in the Communist world Stéphane Courtois 2. The Crisis of Communism and Trade Unionism in Western Europe Philippe Buton The Fruits of Sponsorship: Communist Parties and ‘Their’ Unions 3. Growing Whilst Declining: The Case of the Italian CGIL Domenico Carrieri The Italian Communist Part and the CGIL: A Survey Bruno Groppo 3. The French Communist Party and the CGT: Problems of Adaptation Yves Santamaria 4. Trade Unions and Communism in Spain: The Role of the CCOO in the Political Projects of the Left Miguel Martinez Lucio Problems of Rivalry: Communist Parties Faced By a Strong Social Democracy 5. A Drama in Three Acts: Communism and Social Democracy in The Netherlands Since 1945 Gerrit Voerman 6. The Belgian Communist Party and the Trade Unions, 1940-60 Rik Hemmerijckx 7. Trade Unions, the Left and the Labour Part in Britain Richard Hyman Dilemmas and Opportunities in Central Europe 8. Transformations in the Polish Social Environment in the 1980s Wlodzimierz Pańków 9. Workers’ Behaviour and Interests in Socialist Society Csaba Makó Conclusion: Communist Parties and Trade Unions: Crisis of a Relationship Marc Lazar.

    Biography

    Michael Waller was Director of European Studies at the University of Keele. Stéphane Courtois is Director of REsearch at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. Marc Lazar is Director of the Doctoral School at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.