Global Unions Jeffrey Harrod Robert O'Brien

Towards an International Political Economy of Labour

Jeffrey Harrod proposes an interdisciplinary approach to study the dynamics of the global political economy. The proposed approach is an international political economy of labour (IPEL), which would view labour as a ‘prime dynamic of human history’ and put it at the centre of discourse.


Theories of Union Power

This post is a summary of John Kelly’s Theories of collective action and union power (2011). Kelly employs Lukes’s three dimensions of power and analyses unions’ power accordingly. He also provides five types of theory on union power: market theory, resource mobilisation, institutionalism, labour process, and mobilisation theory.

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Understanding class

A summary of Erik Olin Wright’s paper, Understanding class – towards an integrated analytical approach. The article distinguishes three main approaches to class analysis: the individual-attributes approach, the opportunity-hoarding approach, and the exploitation-domination approach.