1945–72 — External Change: Incorporation and Statist Internationalism

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

Abstract

While organized labour engaged with the state on both national and global planes, by far the most important of these was the national. This realm represented the hub of trade union politics throughout the postwar years. This meant that even though the organizational form of the cross-border network of labour organizations was global in scope, its roots remained firmly planted within the national realm. For labour leaders this realm was the principal focus of attention for two main reasons. The first was the emergence of corporatist, Keynesian, and social-democratic forms of governance. The second, closely related, reason was the imperative to defend the interests of the state, whether this meant committing to nation-building agendas, or to government policies aimed at securing geostrategic advantage within a context of interstate relations. These factors were alluded to earlier, but are worthy of greater attention here.

Keywords

Europe Egypt Defend Stake OECD 

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