Rise and Decline of Brazil's New Unionism: The Politics of the Central Única Dos Trabalhadores

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This book explores the political trajectory of Latin America's most important contemporary labor movement. The New Unionism played a central role in Brazil's struggle for democracy in the 1980s and recast the country's subsequent party politics through its creation of the innovative Workers' Party (PT). The author breaks new ground by analyzing this celebrated prototype of «social movement unionism» as a heterogeneous alliance of component factions that evolves in relation to shifting economic, political, and ideological contexts. Through the prism of internal politics, he shows how Brazil's transitions - from military-authoritarian to liberal-democratic rule, from statist to free-market economic policies, and from a Leninist to a post-Leninist left - undermined the independent labor movement's commitments to internal democracy, political autonomy, and societal transformation. The book concludes with a comparative assessment of Brazilian, South African, and South Korean social movement unionisms' shared dilemmas, arguing that an adequate understanding of their relative declines demands more rigorous attention to the dynamic nexus between internal movement politics and shifting external environments.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
35
List of Figures
62
CHAPTER THREE
77
Emerging Axes of Division among Leading Labor Currents 19791980
97
The CUTs ReformistCombative Distinction 1983
124
Contrasting Evaluations of the CUT s Aborted 1984
161
CHAPTER FOUR
171
CUT Factional Positions on Key Issues 19851986
194
Contrasting Positions on the Role and Nature of the CUT 1988
258
CHAPTER FIVE
279
Articulations New ThreeFront Strategy
297
vi
381
The New Unionisms MacroLevel Triple Transition
417
Bibliography
435
Index
459
Copyright

The Independents Proposed Statutory Changes 1986
213

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About the author (2010)

Jeffrey Sluyter-Beltrão is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Alfred University in New York State.

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