The Ties that Unwind? Social Democratic Parties and Unions in Australia and Britain

  title={The Ties that Unwind? Social Democratic Parties and Unions in Australia and Britain},
  author={Ashley Lavelle},
  journal={Labour History},
  • Ashley Lavelle
  • Published 1 May 2010
  • Political Science, Economics
  • Labour History
The ties between social democratic parties and trade unions in recent years have been stretched almost to breaking point. Drawing on evidence from the experience of Australia and Britain, this article argues that a turning point in the deterioration of the relationship was the collapse of the post-war economic boom. This event was important because it ruptured the economic foundations of the policy base of social democracy and led to the adoption by social democratic parties of a pro-business… 

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