Trade unions, politics and parties: is a new configuration possible?

  title={Trade unions, politics and parties: is a new configuration possible?},
  author={Richard Joseph Hyman and Rebecca Gumbrell-Mccormick},
  journal={Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research},
  pages={315 - 331}
Trade unions are not merely economic (or ‘industrial relations’) actors: they are necessarily protagonists in the political arena. Regulating the labour market is a question of power resources. Yet if unions are inescapably both economic and political actors, the relationship between the two roles is complex and contradictory, and the priority assigned to each varies across countries and over time. Four factors seem of particular importance in explaining these distinctive patterns: ideology… 

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