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Social solidarity for all? Trade union strategies, labour market dualisation and the welfare state in Italy and South Korea

Durazzi, Niccolo, Fleckenstein, Timo and Lee, Soohyun Christine (2018) Social solidarity for all? Trade union strategies, labour market dualisation and the welfare state in Italy and South Korea. Politics & Society, 46 (2). pp. 205-233. ISSN 0032-3292

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0032329218773712


Political-economic analyses of trade unions in post-industrial societies have shifted away from traditional class-analytic approaches to embrace insider/outsider and producer coalition arguments based on the assumption that unions hold on to the defence of their core constituencies in the face of labour market deregulation and dualisation. Challenging this conventional wisdom, we provide an analysis of union strategies in Italy and South Korea, two most-different union movements perceived as unlikely cases for the pursuit of broader social solidarity, and we argue that in both countries unions have successively moved away from insider-focussed strategies. We show a movement towards “solidarity for all” in the industrial relations arena as well as in their social policy preferences. Furthermore, unions also explored new avenues of political agency, often in alliance with civil society organisations. We ascribe this convergent trend towards a social model of unionism to a response of unions to a “double crisis”; that is a socio-economic crisis, which takes the form of a growing periphery of the labour market associated with growing social exclusion, and a socio-political crisis, which takes the form of a increasing marginalisation of the unions from the political process pursued by right- and left-wing parties alike.

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Additional Information: © 2018 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 10:21
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:31

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