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Mihai Varga

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091124

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091124.001.0001

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A theory of labour strategy

A theory of labour strategy

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Worker protests in post-communist Romania and Ukraine

Mihai Varga

Manchester University Press

Chapter 3 presents the book’s theoretical framework. The theory developed in Chapter 3 offers a set of answers to this study's overarching question, exploring why are there cases of unions successfully defending workers’ interests even when faced with the structural difficulties of post-communism. The chapter starts with a theoretical discussion of what the book aims to explain: labor interest representation. This term refers to the process through which workers, usually collectively organized in a trade union, protect their interests in relation to employers and governmental authorities. The rest of Chapter 3 develops a theory of how workers and unions can bring about labor interest representation when facing the structural difficulties described in Chapter 1. It uses game theoretical tools and insights from social movement theory to formulate the book's main argument that strategy can matter even under the harshest conditions. Chapter 3 also presents the research design, providing a detailed discussion of the rationale for the case selection of 18 conflict episodes at 10 plants in the Romanian steel industry and Ukraine's civil machine-building sector.

Keywords:   Interest representation, Threat, Steel industry, Civil machine-building

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