Democracy in trade unions, democracy through trade unions?

@article{GumbrellMccormick2018DemocracyIT,
  title={Democracy in trade unions, democracy through trade unions?},
  author={Rebecca Gumbrell-Mccormick and Richard Joseph Hyman},
  journal={Economic and Industrial Democracy},
  year={2018},
  volume={40},
  pages={110 - 91}
}
Since the Webbs published Industrial Democracy at the end of the nineteenth century, the principle that workers have a legitimate voice in decision-making in the world of work – in some versions through trade unions, in others at least formally through separate representative structures – has become widely accepted in most West European countries. There is now a vast literature on the strengths and weaknesses of such mechanisms, and we review briefly some of the key interpretations of the rise… 
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