Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century by Elin Haugsgjerd Allern

Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First Century

EditorElin Haugsgjerd Allern, Tim Bale

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Both parties and interest groups matter to democracy. Historically, examples of close relationships between the two abound. But perhaps the best known - because it was supposedly the most intimate and politically important - is the relationship between left-of-centre parties and trade unions.Whether rooted in a shared history, culture, and ideology or simply a "marriage of convenience", the links between them helped socialist, social democratic, and labour parties win power and deliver huge gains to the working class in the post-war period. In recent decades, however, it has been widelyargued that the links between left-of-centre parties and trade unions have declined as their collaboration has become less mutually beneficial, not least as a consequence of structural changes in the economy and labour market. This volume interrogates, qualifies, and even challenges that widespread assumption. Based on a brand new dataset, including organizational gathered by a cross-national team of experts, it uncovers and explores what turns out to be considerable variation in the strength of contemporaryorganizational links between parties and unions in twelve different countries that have been democracies since at least the mid- to late-1940s. Testing a series of hypotheses on the importance of on the impact of particular political systems and socio-economic factors, and on the costs and benefitsfor both parties and unions, detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis reveals that, left-of-centre party-trade union links are stronger where trade unions are larger, denser, and more unified and where parties are less able to rely on the state to finance their organizational activities andelectoral campaigns. Moreover, it remains the case that the links between parties and unions still matter in policy terms.

About The Author

Elin Haugsgjerd Allern is Professor of Political Science at the University if Oslo. Allern's doctoral thesis was shortlisted for the European Consortium for Political Research's Jean Blondel PhD Prize in 2008. Her work has appeared in multiple edited volumes and journals and she is the author and co-author of two monographs in English ...

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Title:Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in the Twenty-First CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pagesPublished:March 25, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Elin Haugsgjerd Allern and Tim Bale: The Relationship between Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions2. Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, Tim Bale, and Simon Otjes: Mapping Party-Trade Union Relationships in Contemporary Democracies3. Phil Larkin and Charles Lees: The Australian Labor Party and the Trade Unions: 'til Death Do Us Part'?4. Kurt Richard Luther: A Dying Embrace? Interlocked Party-union Directorates in Austria's Cartel Democracy5. Tapio Raunio and Niko Laine: Finland: Strong Party-union Links under Challenge6. Nick Parsons: Left-wing Parties and Trade Unions in France7. Tim Spier: Growing Apart? Trade Unions and Centre-left Parties in Germany8. Ronen Mandelkern and Gideon Rahat: Parties and Labour Federations in Israel9. Liborio Mattina and Mimmo Carrieri: Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade Unions in Italy: From Party Dominance to a Dialogue of the Deaf10. Simon Otjes and Anne Rasmussen: The Legacy of Pillarization: Trade Union Confederations and Political Parties in the Netherlands11. Jenny Jansson: Two Branches of the Same Tree? Party-union Links in Sweden in the 21st Century12. Roland Erne and Sebastian Schief: Strong Ties between Independent Organizations. Unions and Political Parties in Switzerland13. Paul Webb and Tim Bale: No Place Else To Go: The Labour Party and the Trade Unions in the UK14. Christopher Witko: Still So Happy Together? The Relationship between Labour Unions and the Democratic Party15. Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, Tim Bale, and Simon Otjes: The Relationship between Left-of-Centre Parties and Trade unions in Contemporary Democracies16. Elin Haugsgjerd Allern, Tim Bale, and Simon Otjes: Variations in Party-union Relationships: Explanations and Implications