Selwyn, Benjamin (2011) The political economy of class compromise: trade unions, capital-labour relations and development in North East Brazil. Antipode, 43 (4). pp. 1305-1329. ISSN 0066-4812Full text not available from this repository.
This article investigates how capitallabour relations (encompassing processes of class formation, representation, struggle and compromise) impact on emerging regions developmental trajectories. It does so because much of development studies portray labour simply as an input (human capital) subordinate to more fundamental processes such as capital investment and accumulation. The paper draws on and extends insights gained from the new working class studies and global commodity chains literatures in order to examine evolving capitallabour relationsfrom relatively militant struggles to class compromisein an emerging sector of North East Brazilian export horticulture. It identifies sources of workers structural and associational power and uses these to explain significant gains achieved by the regions rural trade union during the formation of the export horticulture sector. It then asks, why, despite continuing structural power, the regions trade union has entered into a class compromise with the leading employers via (a) reducing its militancy and its strategy of striking against employers to win concessions, and (b) shifting its objectives in terms of concessions sought. It speculates on the impacts of these changing class relations on the regions developmental trajectory.
|Keywords:||trade unions; capital–labour relations; classcompromise; development|
|Schools and Departments:||School of Global Studies > International Relations|
|Depositing User:||Benjamin Selwyn|
|Date Deposited:||06 Feb 2012 15:25|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2012 09:50|