The Unions and the Democrats: An Enduring Alliance

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Cornell University Press, 2001 - Business & Economics - 249 pages
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Although labor unions have faced a decline in membership in recent decades, they have not necessarily lost their political clout. The Unions and the Democrats illuminates the inner dynamics of labor's relationship to the American political system over the past generation. It examines organized labor from the Johnson administration through the 2000 elections, showing that labor's alliance with the Democratic Party has endured despite changes in the economy and the revival of conservatism.

Drawing on extensive interviews with union leaders and lobbyists, Taylor E. Dark provides a historical perspective often lacking in studies of union political involvement. He compares the relationship of presidents Johnson, Carter, and Clinton with labor and analyzes cases of union involvement in legislative lobbying, executive decision-making, and both congressional and presidential elections.

The book explores such topics as the effects of political reform on union power, the development of union legislative goals, and the impact of unions on economic policymaking, and also evaluates the controversy over union campaign spending in the 1996 elections. It demonstrates that labor's evolving alliance with the Democrats continues to shape America.

  

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Contents

The Continuing Significance of Labor Politics
1
Beyond the Image of Decline
11
The Debate about Decline
13
Labor Unions and Political Bargaining
32
Unions in the Washington Power Game
45
Labor and the Johnson Administration The Limits of Cooperation
47
Crises of Representation 19681976
76
Labor and the Carter Administration The Origins of Conflict
99
The Union Strategy to Regain the Presidency
125
Labor and the Congressional Democrats
141
The Clinton Administration The Legacy of the Past
158
Organized Labor at the End of the Twentieth Century
191
Labor Approaches the PostClinton Era
205
Notes
219
Index
243
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About the author (2001)

Dark is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha University in Japan.

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