This article examines the ways in which global-level dynamics of economic, ideological, and organizational change contributed to the fracture and decline of developing-world social movement unionisms, focusing particularly on the case of Brazil’s “New Unionism” movement. Critical global shifts such as the turn to neo- liberal economic policy and the collapse of Soviet communism eroded these movements by fundamentally altering external strategic terrains and by exacerbating internal factional conflicts. The article begins with a conceptualization of social movement unionism as an ideal type. It then critically reviews established externist and internist analytical frameworks, comparing patterns of movement decay in Brazil with those in South Africa and South Korea. Finally, the author lays out an alternative approach that focuses on the interaction between internal movement politics and external environment, with Brazil’s New Unionism as an exploratory case.
|Keywords:||Globalization, Social Movement Unionism, International Trade Unionism, Latin American Left, Structural Adjustment|
Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Alfred University, Alfred, New York, USA
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