Organizing Matters: Two Logics of Trade Union Representation

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Organizing Matters demonstrates the interplay between two distinct logics of labour’s collective action: on the one hand, workers coming together, usually at their place of work, entrusting the union to represent their interests and, on the other hand, social bargaining in which the trade union constructs labour’s interests from the top down. The book investigates the tensions and potential complementarities between the two logics through the combination of a strong theoretical framework and an extensive qualitative case study of trade union organizing and recruitment in four countries – Austria, Germany, Israel and the Netherlands. These countries still utilize social-wide bargaining but find it necessary to draw and develop strategies transposed from Anglo-American countries in response to continuously declining membership.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA
PublisherEdgar Elgar Publishing
Number of pages252
ISBN (Electronic)1839104031
ISBN (Print)9789220314210, 9220314215, 1839104023, 9781839104022
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameILERA publication series
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing


  • Austria
  • Netherlands
  • Labor unions / Israel
  • Labor unions
  • Israel
  • Syndicats
  • Labor unions / Germany
  • Labor unions / Austria
  • Labor unions / Netherlands
  • Germany

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Labor unions -- Officials and employees
  • Labor unions -- Organizing
  • Labor unions -- Austria
  • Labor unions -- Germany
  • Labor unions -- Israel
  • Labor unions -- Netherlands
  • Labor unions -- Employees
  • Labor unions -- Officers
  • Union leadership
  • Labor organizing
  • Organizing, Labor
  • Unionization


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