Originally published in 1952, Trade Unions quickly became a classic and went through 7 editions. It is a brief yet comprehensive guide to the complex structure and administration of British Trade Unions, which deals concisely and lucidly with every important aspect of the complicated tangle of organisations.

    1. Historical Introduction 2. Diversity of Organisation 3. Internal Democracy 4. Trades Union Congress 5. Collective Bargaining 6. Industrial Democracy 7. Political Action 8. Relations with the State Appendices: A: Membership and Finance B: Donovan Commission’s Report.


    Allan Flanders was a founding member of the Oxford School of Industrial Relations.

    Review of the original edition of Trade Unions:

    ‘The student…will find in Alan Flanders a sure and lucid guide. The author writes with authority and puts fairly the issues involved in the many unresolved problems of our time.’ Higher Educational Journal.