Labor and the class idea in the United States and Canada / Barry Eidlin (McGill University).

Author
Eidlin, Barry [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • ©2018
Description
xxiii, 362 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

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Subject(s)
Series
Cambridge studies in contentious politics. [More in this series]
Summary note
Why are unions weaker in the U.S. than in Canada, two otherwise similar countries? This difference has shaped politics, policy, and levels of inequality. Conventional wisdom points to differences in political cultures, party systems, and labor laws. But Barry Eidlin's systematic analysis of archival and statistical data shows the limits of conventional wisdom, and presents a novel explanation for the cross-border difference. He shows that it resulted from different ruling party responses to worker upsurge during the Great Depression and World War II. Paradoxically, U.S. labor's long-term decline resulted from what was initially a more pro-labor ruling party response, while Canadian labor's relative long-term strength resulted from a more hostile ruling party response. These struggles embedded "the class idea" more deeply in policies, institutions, and practices than in the U.S. In an age of growing economic inequality and broken systems of political representation, Eidlin's analysis offers insight for these trends, as well as those seeking to change them.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-342) and index.
ISBN
  • 9781107106703 ((hardcover))
  • 1107106702 ((hardcover))
  • 9781107514416 ((paperback))
  • 110751441X ((paperback))
LCCN
2017048764
OCLC
1011544414
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