Understanding Union Power: Resources and Capabilities for Renewing Union Capacity

TitleUnderstanding Union Power: Resources and Capabilities for Renewing Union Capacity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsLévesque, Christian, and Murray, Gregor
JournalTransfer
Volume16
Issue3
Pagination333 - 350
Date Published2010///
Keywordsdeliberative vitality, framing, globalization, learning, power resources, strategic capabilities, union power, union renewal
Abstract

Power is at the core of current debates over the future of trade unionism. This article provides a framework to assess the power resources and strategic capabilities central to union capacity building. We identify four key power resources: internal solidarity; network embeddedness; narrative resources that frame understandings and union actions; and infrastructural resources (material, human, processes, policies and programmes). Resources alone are not enough; unions must also be capable of using them. We identify four strategic capabilities: intermediating between contending interests to foster collaborative action and to activate networks; framing; articulating actions over time and space; and learning. Much experimentation and research on the interactions between these resources and capabilities in particular contexts is required to advance our understanding of the renewal of union power.

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