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Trade Unions and Democratization in South Africa, 1985-97

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Part of the book series: International Political Economy Series (IPES)

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  • Africa
  • democracy
  • democratization
  • organization
  • organizations
  • Third World
  • transition
  • ethnicity
  • organization
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  • political science
  • politics
  • social science
  • sociology
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About this book

The writings in this volume see the South African labour movement as an actor capable of shaping democratization. Through the strategic use of power, labour has reconfigured democratization through negotiated compromises, attempting to ensure that the costs of adjustment are not borne by workers alone. The book examines these strategies and practices and assesses labour's capacity to exert influence in the future. The findings suggest that labour's marginalization would put at risk the consolidation of democracy.

About the authors

GLENN ADLER Service Employees International Union, Washington DC, USA. He is also a part-time senior researcher at the National Labour and Economic Development Institute. He has published widely on trade unions and politics in South Africa, and his current research interests focus on the impact of social movements on economic and political liberalization in Africa.

EDDIE WEBSTER is Professor of Sociology and Director of SWOP at the University of Witwatersrand. He is author of Cast in a Radical Mould: Labour Process and Trade Unionism in the Foundries, and has published and lectured widely on labour issues in South Africa. In 1995 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Trade Unions and Democratization in South Africa, 1985-97

  • Editors: G. Adler, E. Webster

  • Series Title: International Political Economy Series

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-333-74773-5Published: 10 November 1999

  • Series ISSN: 2662-2483

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-2491

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 238

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