Issue no.71
Summer '00


Behind the News
Making Europe Work - The Struggle to Cut the Workweek
Went, Robert
What is the answer to the high unemployment facing the European Union? Two antagonisitic social logics are counterposed to each other, Robert Went argues. He makes the case for movements and campaigns for a collective shortening of the workweek without loss of pay and with compensatory hiring, enforced by (European) law


New Labour, New Unions, New Left
McIlroy, John
A renewal of working class combativity and the building of a strong leftwing in the trade unions is vital to socialist revival in Britain. Relating to recent debate in this journal, McIlroy presents a critical review of developments in the unions during the first two years of the New Labour government.


British Trade Unions Facing Future
Fairbrother, Peter
This article examines the current position and prospects of British trade unions, focusing on the manufacturing sector and the restructured public sector. The argument is that over the last two decades there has been a recomposition of unions in these sectors, with diverse and uneven implications for the prospects of union renewal.


No More Jobs for the Boys? Gender and Class in the Restructuring of British Economy
Bruegel, Irene
An analysis of feminisation of employment in Britain between 1981 and 1996 and the implications for male employment.


Alienation, Class and Enclosure in UK Universities
Harvie, David
A 'research-bourgeois' revolution in UK higher education is seeing research use-values subordinated to RAE-value. Research workers are becoming alienated from their work. With the enclosure of 'intellectual commons', some research workers are being forced to alienate their own research-labour-power as two new classes are emerging within academia, a 'research proletariat' and a class of 'research capitalists'.


Irish Republicanism and the Potential Pitfalls of Pluralism
McGovern, Mark
This article examines the relationship between modern Irish republican ideology, the Peace Process and the influence of pluralist and postmodern conceptions of identity politics.


Book Review 71
William Ash: Rise Like Lions (Bob Carter). Bo Rothstein: Just Institutions Matter: The Moral and Political Logic of the Universal Welfare State (John Roberts). Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (eds.) Socialist Register 1998: The Communist Manifesto Now (John Sullivan). Roger Middleton: Charlatans or Saviours? Economists and the British Economy from Marshall to Meade (Pete Clarke). John O'Neill: The Market: Ethics, Knowledge and Politics (Frederic S. Lee). Rosemary Aris: Trade Unions and the Management of Industrial Conflict (Andy Cumbers). Robert Elgie and Helen Thomson: The Politics of Central Banks (Graham Taylor). Sheila Cohen (ed.): What's Happening? The Truth About Work -- and the Myth of Partnership (Bob Carter). John Biggart, Petyer Dudley and Francis King (eds.): Alexander Bogdanov and the Origins of Systems Thinking in Russia (Edward Trevillion).

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