Labour, the state, social movements and the challenge of neo-liberal globalisation
With the emergence of neo-liberalism in the 1980's as the dominant domestic and international political-economic orthodoxy, labor as both a social category and political movement tended to be written off or ignored by academics, politicians and commentators. However, at a time when the world's working class is growing faster than at any previous time in history, and neo-liberalism is widely challenged, this orthodoxy is clearly inadequate. The spread of global production means that to ignore labor, its organizations, interests and politics, is to ignore one of the key components of that process. Labor organizations have not gone away and neither has the state, their relationship remains as significant as ever.
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