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Trade Union Morphology
Trade union morphology

Morphology (dfn): Any scientific study of form and structure. From Webster's New World Dictionary, Second College Edition, 1984.

morphology [mawr-fol-uh-jee]-noun; the study of the form or structure of anything [Origin: 1820–30; MORPHO- + -LOGY; first formed in G. Unabridged (v 1.01) Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.


Union structure traditionally connotes external (or horizontal) and internal (or vertical) dimensions (Fiorito et al., 1991). External structure refers to the scope of membership, boundaries in terms of membership criteria and patterns distinguishing one union from another, etc. Internal structure refers to two sub-dimensions, governance (or representation) and administration. In addition to external and internal structure, this chapter considers the nature or ‘soul’ (Budd, 2004: 137–57) of union ...

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