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Going Global

Unions and Globalization in the United States, Sweden, and Germany

James A. Piazza

Can organized labor survive in a globalizing world? Going Global explores the impact of increasingly globalized manufacturing on the labor movement in the industrialized West. In a detailed comparative study of metalworking and textiles unions in the United States, Sweden, and Germany James A. Piazza reveals an international labor movement under threat, crippled by falling union membership and waning political influence. Piazza illustrates—through statistical analysis and industry-specific case studies—organized labor's urgent need for effective structures of collective bargaining, strong political connections, and democratic workplace institutions. Going Global will be of great interest to scholars of international political economy and industrial relations seeking a blueprint for organized labor's survival in the new global economy. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 180Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-0-7391-0351-7 • Hardback • April 2002 • $88.00 • (£60.00)
James A. Piazza is Assistant Professor of Politics at Meredith College.
Chapter 1 Unions and the "World Labor Bazaar"
Chapter 2 Globalization and Domestic Politics—An Overview
Chapter 3 Bargaining in a Global Economy
Chapter 4 Globalization and Union Density—An Empirical Analysis
Chapter 5 Varieties of Unionism, Explaining the Divergent Effects of Globalization
Chapter 6 Comparative Case Analysis of the United States, Sweden, and Germany
Chapter 7 Multinational Workplaces and the Future of Unions