First published in 1981, Theories of Trade Unionism traces the development of trade union theory from its nineteenth-century foundations to the more advanced conceptual models present at the time of original publication.
The book surveys the main tributaries of modern approaches – the moral and ethical, the revolutionary, the defensive or conservative, and the economic and political – and analyses the work of contemporary industrial relations scholars. This includes the main types and varieties of systems theory, the disparate pluralist approaches and the ‘radical school’. The book identifies links between the differing premises of the various schools of thought, and combines the main perspectives in a higher analytical and conceptual unity. It concludes with a discussion of a number of avenues for theoretical and conceptual progress.
Theories of Trade Unionism is ideal for those with an interest in the history of trade union theory.
Table of Contents
Preface; Point of Departure; 1: Early Theories of the Labour Movement; 2: System Models of Labour Relations; 3: The Theoretical Foundations of the 'Oxford School'; 4: Pluralism and Trade Unionism; 5: Social Inequality and Trade Union Behaviour; 6: Modern Structuralist Approaches; 7: Organizations, Institutions and their Environments; 8: Culture, Values and Perception; The Emerging Synthesis; Notes; Bibliography; Index of Names; Index of Subjects