This post provides a brief account of the rank-and-file versus bureaucracy debate based on Ralph Darlington and Martin Upchurch’s 2012 paper.
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.
This post is a summary of Robert Cox’s highly influential paper, Social forces, states and world orders: Beyond International Relations Theory.
In the Legitimacy of Labor Unions, Peter Levine assesses three major moral debates against unions: utilitarian, libertarian, and democratic. He concludes that union are at least as legitimate as other institutions.
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.
This post is a summary and brief discussion of Roger Sibeon’s Agency, Structure, and Social Chance as Cross-Disciplinary Concepts.
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.