1945–72 — Internal Change: Antagonism and Shallow Integration

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


With this context in mind we can turn our attention to the world of labour politics and begin to explore the transformation of the network of transnational labour organizations. The task now is to assess the degree to which the network’s globalized disposition was premised upon intra-network cohesion and integration, as well as on estrangement from the state. Initially, this entails focusing on changes in the network’s internal organizational dimension of change. We then consider the factors that influence levels of network integration. These include the nature of intra-network relationships, as well as the interests and ideologies that prevailed. For now, the focus is on changes in organizational form.


Trade Union Labour Organization Labour Movement European Economic Community Trade Secretariat 
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