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    Bringing the state back in

    Kelly, John (2006) Bringing the state back in. Labor History 47 (2), pp. 252-258. ISSN 0023-656X.

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    Chris Howell's Trade Unions and the State is an important, wide-ranging and powerfully argued book. It is located primarily in debates about the evolution of British industrial relations in the twentieth century, where Howell takes issue with the conventional pluralist wisdom of the ‘abstentionist state’ and the associated myths of the ‘voluntarist’ system. But as Howell himself acknowledges, his argument has far wider ramifications, both for theories of contemporary capitalism and for those interested in the policy options available to the British and perhaps other trade union movements. After outlining and evaluating the main strands of the argument, I shall then consider its implications for the ‘varieties of capitalism’ approach and for the analysis of union strategy in Britain under the New Labour government.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2021 19:01
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:06


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