The Role of Organized Labor in Civil Society

TitleThe Role of Organized Labor in Civil Society
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBrueggemann, John
JournalSociology Compass
Volume8
Issue8
Pagination1033 - 1044
Date Published2014///
Keywordsanti-unionism, decline of organized labor, history, unionism
Abstract

Organized labor has served as a valuable element of civil society. The focus of this inquiry is how the decline of organized labor contributes to the weakening of the civil sphere. I first assess how unions have historically contributed to the positive functions of civil society. I then review the various factors that have led to the deterioration of organized labor and comment on the current state of the labor movement. I conclude with a discussion of the implications in terms of civil society and market culture.