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Iberian Trade Unionism : Democratization Under the Impact of the European Union

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One of the most neglected areas of the European integration process is the role that trade union confederations may play after the full establishment of the Economic and Monetary Union. The gradual establishment of the four freedoms enshrined in the Single European Act would require a transformation of the present strategies of trade union confederations toward more flexibility and towards the ability to take part in different levels of the European integration process. Iberian Trade Unionism highlights the emerging patterns of cooperation between national, subnational, and supranational actors and the impact on these different levels. Unlike most literature on the study of democratization and Europeanization, Iberian Trade Unionism aims to break the dominant focus on political parties and political institutions by raising awareness of the importance of interest groups such as trade union confederations in contributing to a strengthening of democratic governance. The central thesis is that both Portuguese and Spanish trade unions are becoming increasingly part of a transnational European strategy which shapes the internal organizations toward professionalism and democratization. Part 1, "Gontextualizing Iberian Trade Union Strategies," deals with the operations of both Portuguese and Spanish trade union confederations. Part 2, "The National Systems of Interest Intermediation and Trade Union Confederation Strategies," analyzes the transformation of the national systems of intermediation in the 1990s which were affected by a decline in steering power of Spanish and Portuguese political systems vis-a-vis global and European political and economic processes. Part 3, "Subnational and Transnational Policies of Iberian Trade Union Confederations," deals with policies and strategies. The last chapter treats the integration of Iberian trade union confederations in the institutions of the European Union as well as the ITUCs and is based on original research done in Madrid, Lisbon, and Brussels. This timely look at interest groups and lobbying in the European Union will appeal to scholars studying European integration and the role of interest groups in it, and to students of Spain, Portugal, or southern Europe.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 335 pages
  • 166.1 x 235.2 x 32.5mm | 743.9g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0765800772
  • 9780765800770
  • 2,206,461

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-Magone provides a detailed and rich description of the structures that unions face at the European level and presents a useful account of the existing attempts of unions to respond to this relatively new environment. For this reason, his book is well worth reading not only for readers interested in Iberian trade unionism, but also for those interested in the effects of European integration on unions in general.- --Industrial and Labor Relations Review -A useful overview of present developments and is recommended for European economics and political science collections at the graduate and research levels.- --Choice -This book covers important and interesting ground. Its greatest contribution is empirical: It provides a wealth of information on multilevel governance structures in the EU particularly Social Europe, and a valuable overview of the evolution of trade unionism in Portugal and Spain since democratization.- --Perspectives on Politics -Studies on trade unions within the European Union all too frequently tend to comment on developments within core economies, such as France, Germany, and Holland. Magone's work, which examines the Europeanization of Portuguese and Spanish trade unions, is therefore a welcome departure from this trend. . . . The book is informative and clearly structured.- --Emer O'Hagan, Queen's University, Belfast -This book offers a timely contribution to the literature concerned about the effects of the European integration process on trade unions in Southern Europe. . . . [T]his book is recommended reading. . . . [I]t raises interesting theoretical ideas . . . [and] offers valuable insights.- --Raj S. Chari, West European Politics "Magone provides a detailed and rich description of the structures that unions face at the European level and presents a useful account of the existing attempts of unions to respond to this relatively new environment. For this reason, his book is well worth reading not only for readers interested in Iberian trade unionism, but also for those interested in the effects of European integration on unions in general." --Industrial and Labor Relations Review "A useful overview of present developments and is recommended for European economics and political science collections at the graduate and research levels." --Choice "This book covers important and interesting ground. Its greatest contribution is empirical: It provides a wealth of information on multilevel governance structures in the EU particularly Social Europe, and a valuable overview of the evolution of trade unionism in Portugal and Spain since democratization." --Perspectives on Politics "Studies on trade unions within the European Union all too frequently tend to comment on developments within core economies, such as France, Germany, and Holland. Magone's work, which examines the Europeanization of Portuguese and Spanish trade unions, is therefore a welcome departure from this trend. . . . The book is informative and clearly structured." --Emer O'Hagan, Queen's University, Belfast "This book offers a timely contribution to the literature concerned about the effects of the European integration process on trade unions in Southern Europe. . . . [T]his book is recommended reading. . . . [I]t raises interesting theoretical ideas . . . [and] offers valuable insights." --Raj S. Chari, West European Politics "Magone provides a detailed and rich description of the structures that unions face at the European level and presents a useful account of the existing attempts of unions to respond to this relatively new environment. For this reason, his book is well worth reading not only for readers interested in Iberian trade unionism, but also for those interested in the effects of European integration on unions in general." --Industrial and Labor Relations Review "A useful overview of present developments and is recommended for European economics and political science collections at the graduate and research levels." --Choice "This book covers important and interesting ground. Its greatest contribution is empirical: It provides a wealth of information on multilevel governance structures in the EU particularly Social Europe, and a valuable overview of the evolution of trade unionism in Portugal and Spain since democratization." --Perspectives on Politics "Studies on trade unions within the European Union all too frequently tend to comment on developments within core economies, such as France, Germany, and Holland. Magone's work, which examines the Europeanization of Portuguese and Spanish trade unions, is therefore a welcome departure from this trend. . . . The book is informative and clearly structured." --Emer O'Hagan, Queen's University, Belfast "This book offers a timely contribution to the literature concerned about the effects of the European integration process on trade unions in Southern Europe. . . . [T]his book is recommended reading. . . . [I]t raises interesting theoretical ideas . . . [and] offers valuable insights." --Raj S. Chari, West European Politics "Magone provides a detailed and rich description of the structures that unions face at the European level and presents a useful account of the existing attempts of unions to respond to this relatively new environment. For this reason, his book is well worth reading not only for readers interested in Iberian trade unionism, but also for those interested in the effects of European integration on unions in general." "--Industrial and Labor Relations Review" "A useful overview of present developments and is recommended for European economics and political science collections at the graduate and research levels." "--Choice" "This book covers important and interesting ground. Its greatest contribution is empirical: It provides a wealth of information on multilevel governance structures in the EU particularly Social Europe, and a valuable overview of the evolution of trade unionism in Portugal and Spain since democratization." "--Perspectives on Politics"show more

About Jose M. Magone

Jose M. Magone is a lecturer in European politics in the Department of Politics and Asian Studies, University of Hull. He was Deutsch Guest Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung, and has published extensively on European politics. Among his publications are The Changing Archilecture of Iberian Politics, and European Portugal: The Difficult Road to Sustainable Democracy.show more