Global Unions as imperfect multilateral organizations: An international relations perspective
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This study applies an international relations framework and the notion of multilateral organizations as a means of understanding the nature of trade union internationalism and the conditions under which it operates. The authors argue that international trade unionism involves an imperfect multilateralism which requires close working relationships between small groups of unions in order to function, that is, a ‘minilateral’ method of working. By using this framework the authors attempt to highlight the intrinsic durability and adaptability of the Global Unions and also identify areas of activity that serve to strengthen them as organizations, primarily by building affiliates’ engagement and investment in them.
Economic and Industrial Democracy
Cotton, E. and Gumbrell-McCormick, R. (2012) 'Global Unions as imperfect multilateral organizations: An international relations perspective', Economic and Industrial Democracy, 33(4), pp.707-728.
Article published in Economic and Industrial Democracy available at https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0143831X12436616
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