© 2004

Global Restructuring and the Power of Labour


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Perspectives of Labour and Global Change

  3. Evidence of Labour’s Condition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Bill Dunn
      Pages 61-89
    3. Bill Dunn
      Pages 90-113
    4. Bill Dunn
      Pages 114-136
    5. Bill Dunn
      Pages 137-165
  4. Reconsidering the Power of Labour

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-245

About this book


Bill Dunn considers and contests accounts of globalization and post-Fordism that see structural economic change in the late Twentieth-century as having fundamentally worsened the conditions and weakened the potential of labour. Including a comparative survey of restructuring in four major industries; automobiles, construction, microelectronics and finance, the book suggests the timing of change and its complex and contradictory nature undermine structural explanations of labour's situation. It redirects attention towards labour's political defeats and own institutional shortcomings.


capital globalization Institution mobility Nation nature

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandUK

About the authors

BILL DUNN has taught International Political Economy at the University of Bristol and Sociology the University of the West of England where he was also awarded his PhD. He has had work published on capital mobility and the experiences of transport and communications workers and on international construction contracting.

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