Ventures in Polity Shaping: External Assistance to Labour Movements in Developing Countries

  • Harold Karan Jacobson


Few interest groups in the developing countries have been favoured with as much and such varied aid, and none from such a variety of sources as have labour movements. Many of these movements owe their origins to external assistance given prior to the independence of their countries by the trade unions within the metropolitan countries, or even the governments of the metropoles themselves. Technical assistance and often financial assistance as well, were employed in these sometimes planned, but often haphazard, attempts to create an element of the infrastructure of a modern polity in the colonies. As the date of independence neared, and even more after it had passed, the extent, type and sources of external assistance to these labour movements expanded rapidly, reaching ultimately the present panoply.


Trade Union Recipient Country Labour College American College Student International Integration 
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