The Handbook of Labour Unions was published by Agenda last week – see

It engages with a multitude of issues including union revitalisation, union identity, union appeal, and employer power.

With 22 chapters by over 30 contributors, please order a copy for your library.

The contents are below and the prelims and introduction are now available here as a taster: and the abridged chapter summaries can be found here


Introduction – Gregor Gall

Part I Components, Characteristics and Context

1. Union identity and appeal – Lorenzo Frangi and Tinting Zhang

2. Union interests and ideologies – Ronaldo Munck

3. Union resources: the power-resources approach – Stefan Schmalz and Edward Webster

4. Union forms: adaptation and inertia – Chiara Benassi, Christian Ibsen and Maite Tapia

5. Union governance: South Africa and its lessons – Geoffrey Wood and Christine Bischoff

6. Union relations – Kurt Vandaele

7. Union terrains – Jamie Woodcock

Part II Space, Power and Periodization

8. The liberal capitalist starting point – Stefan Berger

9. The social democratic high point – Greg Patmore

10. The “socialist” experiment – Jeremy Morris

11. The neoliberal low point – Chris Howell

Part III The Practice of Building Presence and Power

12. Union and the agendas of joint-regulation – Miguel Martinez Lucio

13. From contesting the managerial prerogative to producing workers’ control – Alan Tuckman

14. From sectionalism and sectionality to inter-sectionality – Jenny Rodriguez

15. The rationality and limitations of labour union bureaucracy – David Camfield

16. Unions as schools for lessons in democratic citizenship: implications for union strategy – Ed Snape

17. Commitment to, and activism within, labour unionism – Jack Fiorito, Andrew Keyes, Pauline De Becdelièvre and Zachary Russell

18. Working with and learning from other social movements – Heather Connolly

19. Concentric circles of class struggle: from the workplace to the world – Marissa Brookes

20. Unions and politics: why unions are not just the economic wing of the labour movement – Jörg Nowak and Roland Erne

21. Constantly outpaced and outgunned? Unions in the platform economy – Horen Voskeritsian

22. When may the interests of labour and capital align? Johanna MacNeil and Mark Bray

Conclusion – Gregor Gall