Community Unions in Japan: Similarities and Differences of Region-based Labour Movements between Japan and Other Industrialized Countries

@article{Suzuki2008CommunityUI,
  title={Community Unions in Japan: Similarities and Differences of Region-based Labour Movements between Japan and Other Industrialized Countries},
  author={Akira Suzuki},
  journal={Economic and Industrial Democracy},
  year={2008},
  volume={29},
  pages={492 - 520}
}
  • A. Suzuki
  • Published 1 November 2008
  • Political Science, Economics
  • Economic and Industrial Democracy
This article examines organizational characteristics of Japanese community unions and analyses similarities and differences in the organizational forms and activities of community unionism between Japan and other industrialized countries. The article first outlines the conceptual framework of community unionism based on the literature review of studies on cases in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, and then examines to what extent the framework is applicable to the Japanese case. Although… 

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