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Structure, Politics and Ideology

  • Andrew J. Taylor
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Abstract

Chapter 2 examines, first, the organisation and structure of the union movements in the five countries considered, and explores the relationship between structure and political influence. Second, what is the nature of union government and, in particular, the extent of oligarchy? Third, what is the role of the national centres in their respective political systems. Finally, is there a union ideology which underpins political behaviour? This chapter’s hypothesis is that a centralised union movement composed of few industrial unions with a collectivist ethos enjoying a high density of membership will be more influential than a decentralised movement with many unions and a low density of membership.1 This hypothesis can be expressed diagramatically (see Figure 2.1 and Table 2.1).

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