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Reconstructing Solidarity: Labour Unions, Precarious Work, and the Politics of Institutional Change in Europe

Virginia Doellgast, Nathan Lillie, and Valeria Pulignano


Reconstructing Solidarity is a book about unions’ struggles against the expansion of precarious work in Europe, and the implications of these struggles for worker solidarity and institutional change. The authors argue against the ‘dualization’ thesis that unions act primarily to protect labour market insiders at the expense of outsiders, finding instead that most unions attempt to organize and represent precarious workers. They explain differences in union success in terms of how they build, or fail to build, inclusive worker solidarity, in countries or industries with more or less inclusive i ... More

Keywords: precarious work, labour unions, institutional change, dual labour markets, Europe, outsourcing, migrant workers, comparative political economy, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791843
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198791843.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virginia Doellgast, editor
Associate Professor of Comparative Employment Relations, The ILR School, Cornell University, USA

Nathan Lillie, editor
Professor of Social and Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Valeria Pulignano, editor
Professor of Sociology of Labour and Industrial Relations, Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium

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1 From Dualization to Solidarity

Virginia Doellgast, Nathan Lillie, and Valeria Pulignano

2 Negotiating Better Conditions for Workers during Austerity in Europe

Damian Grimshaw, Stefania Marino, Dominique Anxo, Jérôme Gautié, László Neumann, and Claudia Weinkopf

3 Cutting to the Bone

Bjarke Refslund and Ines Wagner

4 Restructuring Labour Relations and Employment in the European Logistics Sector

Carlotta Benvegnú, Bettina Haidinger, and Devi Sacchetto

5 Labour Markets, Solidarity, and Precarious Work

Valeria Pulignano and Nadja Doerflinger

7 Union Campaigns against Precarious Work in the Retail Sector of Estonia, Poland, and Slovenia

Adam Mrozowicki, Branko Bembič, Kairit Kall, Małgorzata Maciejewska, and Miroslav Stanojević

8 Better Strategies for Herding Cats?

Ian Greer, Barbara Samaluk, and Charles Umney

9 Fighting Precariousness

Maite Tapia and Jane Holgate

10 Unions and Migrant Workers

Sonila Danaj, Erka Çaro, Laura Mankki, Markku Sippola, and Nathan Lillie

11 The Puzzle of Precarity

Steven P. Vallas

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