New Labour Policy, Industrial Relations and the Trade Unions

Authors: Coulter, S.

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New Labour was outwardly hostile to trade unions and their concerns. Yet the Blair government worked closely with the TUC on several key employment reforms. Steve Coulter analyses the dimensions of the often fractious Labour-union partnership and shows how the TUC pursued an 'insider lobbying' route to influence the shape of New Labour's policies.

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Steve Coulter is LSE Fellow in the Political Economy of Europe at the London School of Economics, UK.

Reviews

“Steve Coulter’s timely and very welcome book is directly relevant to this debate over trade union politics. The book examines the influence of British trade unions over government policy during the first two New Labour administrations from the late 1990s to mid-2000s.” (Edmund Heery, Transfer, Vol. 22 (2), August, 2016)



"This is a sophisticated yet highly readable account of relations between unions and political parties in today's hard economic times. The conclusion is important: neither centre-left politicians nor organised labour are prisoners of globalisation, but remain crucial political actors in the quest for a balance between efficiency and social justice." Bob Hancké, London School of Economics, UK

"It is often argued that trade unions now wield very little influence over governments in liberal market economies. Steve Coulter's original and highly readable research study of the New Labour period in the UK suggests, on the contrary, that with the appropriate leadership and strategy, unions remain a significant political force." John Kelly, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Political Trade Unionism in a Cold Climate

    Coulter, Steve

    Pages 1-21

  • The Political Economy of UK Industrial Relations: A Theoretical and Historical Overview

    Coulter, Steve

    Pages 22-44

  • Loosening Party-Union Ties: Clause 4 and OMOV

    Coulter, Steve

    Pages 45-70

  • ‘Insider’ Lobbying in Action: The TUC and New Labour’s First Term Agenda

    Coulter, Steve

    Pages 71-102

  • Political Unionism and Political Exchange in New Labour’s Second Term

    Coulter, Steve

    Pages 103-130

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Labour Policy, Industrial Relations and the Trade Unions
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49575-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137495754
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49574-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50496-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 154
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