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Title: Regionalisation, Devolution and theTrades Union Congress (TUC)
Author: O'Brien, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0001 3451 5270
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2005
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From a position of relative isolation, trade unions have begun to emerge as influential agents in regional and devolved governance and development in the UK. Drawing on comparative analysis of the experience of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in North East England, North West England and Wales, this thesis argues that devolution and regionalisation are exerting pressures on peak union bodies and individual unions to adopt multi-level approaches to organisation across a range of scales - local, sub-regional, regional, sub-national, national and international - in order to connect with structures and inter-connectiveness of multi-level governance. A strategic relational approach to multi-level organisation hints at the decentralisation of power, authority and resources within the labour movement - challenging the I}ational and centralised legacy of British trade union collective bargaining history. Multi-level organisation also requires sufficient institutional capacity within and across different scales, an awareness of the contingency of place and the role played by peak union bodies, coupled with an understanding of the structures required to engender greater participation, accountability, transparency and the delivery of meaningful interventions. Where these variables appear to exist, it is possible to detect a tentative link between the participation of organised labour in devolved and regional governance and strategies seeking to deliver trade union renewal. Devolved and regional governance in the UK has presented a critical juncture to begin re-shaping existing, and open up new, channels of engagement and influence for the TUC, which is, to a degree, reproducing many of the central issues of class logics of collective action for labour in the workplace and within the wider political economy. Key words: TUC, trade unions, regions, devolution, scale and multi-level governance
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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