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The Politics of Privatisation and Trade Union Mobilisation

The Electricity Industry in the UK and Argentina


Pablo Ghigliani

Contents: Mobilisation in a comparative perspective: developing the analytical framework – Privatisation as counter-mobilisation: on the meaning and origins of privatisation – Privatisation in the UK and Argentina: driving forces and rationales – Comparative industrial relations: trade unions (re-)sources of power in both countries – The anti-privatisation campaigns in the light of mobilisation theory – The forms of counter-mobilisation: the politics of money (severance packages, shares, personal contracts, businesses) – Privatisation and collective bargaining: the end of centralisation and the beginning of inter-union competition – Organisational change, leadership styles and decision-making: convergences and divergences in the UK and Argentina.