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"Labour, New Social Movements and the Resistance to Neoliberal Restructuring in Europe"

by Bieler, Andreas (2011)


The purpose of this article is to analyse one of the very first European-level instances of trade union and social movement interaction in defence of the public sector, namely, the Coalition for Green and Social Procurement, an alliance of European trade unions and green and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and its campaign for an amendment of the new public procurement directives from 2000 to 2003. It will be examined to what extent this campaign was able to change the directives and counter neoliberal restructuring effectively as well as what the possibilities but also limits of trade union and social movement cooperation are as exemplified in this particular case study.

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Political Economy, European Context, Trade Union, Unionism, Social Movement, Non-Governmental Organisation, Neoliberalism, Resistance


Sociology of Work, Class Struggle, Political Theory

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