A radical assessment of the historical contribution and potential of trade unions to changing the economy and society in the interests of working people. The work brings together the defining contributions of the classical socialist theorists, together with contemporary social scientific analysis. The work adopts a critical perspective throughout of established institutions integration into the existing power structure, and offers strong support to participatory democracy.
A critical review of the development of different approaches to industrial democracy in Western economies, and the strengths and limitations of these.
A critical analysis of the role of trade unions in contemporary society