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Chapter 11: Trade Union Strategy
Trade Union Strategy
Over the last ten years, against a backdrop of a long period of union decline, discussion of union strategy has become increasingly common in the English-language industrial relations (IR) literature. The goal of this chapter is to offer a framework for conceptualizing and analyzing union strategy, situating it within its wider contexts. The chapter adopts a strategic choice perspective and uses the notion of ‘organizational life cycles’ to make sense of existing studies of union strategy. One of the advantages of the life cycle model is that it helps us to critically review the present arguments surrounding the strategic challenges that unions face in the Anglo-American world. Some degree of caution must be exercised, however, when borrowing concepts from management ...