Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Power in Coalition: Strategies for Strong Unions and Social Change


On my first hearing of this new book from Amanda Tattersall I thought that it was the first tract (of many to come no doubt) proselytising on the virtues of the ramshackle coalition that fronts itself as the current government.

Actually what we have instead is a first class comparative analysis (US, Canada, Australia) of what it takes to make the intersection of labour movement growth and the achievement of wider social goals possible.

I have to honestly admit a usual disinclination on my part to read material on strategies to renew/revitalise labour movements when the message is from any one of the 3 countries covered by the new book, with a slight exception for Canada, but I am happy to give this the thumbs up.

My interest in the book stems firstly from the fact that the author brings a significant labour movement pedigree to the literature on social movement unionism, and that the case studies provide a long-term root and branch analysis of workers in long-term struggle in healthcare for example.

I won't go on at length about the book other than to say that you can get it from the labourstart bookstore using the link below and that there is a really good blog that Amanda runs - see link on right.



Val said...

Sounds like an interesting book Ian, I'll see if there's a copy in Northern College library next time I am up there. Hope you are keeping well.


Ian Manborde said...

Thanks Val,

Amanda will be in the UK next year launching her book with the TUC and hopefully Ruskin. Keep an eye out on the blog for news of this.


Peter Chigana said...


Thanks for the news of this interesting book. It is time we had some more contemporary reporting of our work here in Kenya. What say I work hard on my dissertation to get it published?