Strong Ties between Independant Organizations

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Title: Strong Ties between Independant Organizations
Authors: Erne, Roland
Schief, S.
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Date: 23-Feb-2017
Abstract: Although Swiss unions are notionally independent from political parties, scholars have distinguished three currents within the Swiss labour movement: a left-wing current around the Swiss Trade Union Confederation (SGB-USS), related to Social Democrats (PS-PS); a Catholic current around Travail.Suisse, related to Christian Democrats (CVP-PDC); and a non-aligned, politically moderate current, which consists of autonomous white-collar employee associations (e.g the KV). Whereas the relations between Travail.Suisse and the CVP-PDC deteriorated during the past decade, all Swiss unions consolidated or even strengthened their ties with the Social Democrats, despite a declining working class vote for the SP-PS. This suggests that changes in Swiss party–union relations do not so much reflect changing social cleavages, but rather the contingent political opportunity structures built into Switzerland’s direct democratic political system that strengthens to the role of interest association vis-à-vis political parties.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Keywords: SwitzerlandTrade unionsEmployer’s organizationDirect democracySocial cleavagesPolitical opportunity structuresInterest politicsCorporatismCatholic labour movementSocialist labour movement
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790471.003.0012
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Allen, E. and Bale, T. (eds.). Center-Left Parties in the Twenty-First Century
ISBN: 9780198790471
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