Labour Movements, Employers, and the State: Conflict and Co-operation in Britain and Sweden

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJames Fulcher

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This comparative study uses Barrington Moore's notion of `suppressed historical alternatives' to reassess theories of industrial conflict, class organization, and state intervention. It explores the origins of organizational differences in the emergence of labour movements and the employercounter-attack, emphasizing the strength of Sweden's neglected craft unions and the forgotten attempts by British unions to build Swedish style national federations. It examines the strong tendencies towards state control in Sweden and repeated British efforts to establish joint central regulation,which have been similarly overlooked. Unfashionable institutionalist explorations of the Swedish labour peace are defended but it is also argued that the Swedish system of regulation was self-undermining. The book analyses the failure of corporatist integration in both countries and the ensuingstruggle between left and right alternatives. The attempt to bring about economic and industrial democracy in Sweden, the decline of the British unions, and current tendencies towards a neo-liberal convergence, are all discussed.

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This comparative study uses Barrington Moore's notion of `suppressed historical alternatives' to reassess theories of industrial conflict, class organization, and state intervention. It explores the origins of organizational differences in the emergence of labour movements and the employercounter-attack, emphasizing the strength of Sw...

James Fulcher is a Lecturer in Sociology at University of Leicester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198272898

ISBN - 13:9780198272892

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'this book, based on an impressive command of the Swedish literature, easily equals even the best available works in Swedish'Peter Swenson, University of Pennsylvania, Industrial and Labor Relations Review