The Politics of West German Trade Unions: Strategies of Class and Interest Representation in Growth and Crisis

1st Edition

Andrei Markovits

Published January 18, 2018
Reference - 588 Pages
ISBN 9781138650992 - CAT# Y228699
Series: European Trade Unions and the 1970s Economic Crisis

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First published in 1986, this book assesses the politics of the West German trade unions in the context of their larger role as major actors in the polity. By focusing on the historical realities of the labour movement both before and after 1945, the study explains the extent to which organized labour solidified and challenged the dominant structures of politics and authority. It examines the metalworkers’ union, the construction workers’ union, the printers’ union and the chemical workers’ union and shows how the industrial reality of each organisation helped shape its political outlook and strategic thinking.

This book will be of particular interest to students of trade unions, industrial relations and political economy in West Germany.


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