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Using a comprehensive analysis of the wave of organizing that swept the country starting in 2007, Labor in Israel investigates the changing political status of organized labor in the context of changes to Israel’s political economy, including liberalization, the rise of non-union labor organizations, the influx of migrant labor, and Israel’s complex relations with the Palestinians. Through his discussion of organized labor’s relationship to the political community and its nationalist political role, Preminger demonstrates that organized labor has lost the powerful status it enjoyed for much of Israel’s history. Despite the weakening of trade unions and the Histadrut, however, he shows the ways in which the fragmentation of labor representation has created opportunities for those previously excluded from the labor movement regime.

Organized labor is now trying to renegotiate its place in contemporary Israel, a society that no longer accepts labor’s longstanding claim to be the representative of the people. As such, Preminger concludes that organized labor in Israel is in a transitional and unsettled phase in which new marginal initiatives, new organizations, and new alliances that have blurred the boundaries of the sphere of labor have not yet consolidated into clear structures of representation or accepted patterns of political interaction.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acronyms and Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: An Inquiry into Labor in Israel in the Twenty-First Century
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 1. Neoliberalism, Neocorporatism, and Worker Representation
  2. pp. 18-34
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  1. Part 1. Renegotiating Union Democracy
  1. 2. The Rise of Labor Activism
  2. pp. 37-52
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  1. 3. The Corrupt Old Structures
  2. pp. 53-60
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  1. 4. Taking the Struggle beyond the Workplace
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. 5. Renegotiating the Role of the Histadrut
  2. pp. 69-86
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  1. 6. Concluding Remarks to Part 1
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. Part 2. Renegotiating the Labor–Capital Balance of Power
  1. 7. The Frontal Struggle: Recognition in the Workplace
  2. pp. 95-104
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  1. 8. The Ideological Struggle: The Delegitimization of Organized Labor
  2. pp. 105-117
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  1. 9. The Institutional Struggle: Undermining the Labor Courts
  2. pp. 118-125
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  1. 10. Concluding Remarks to Part 2
  2. pp. 126-132
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  1. Part 3. Renegotiating Labor’s Place in Society and Nation
  1. 11. Labor Representation outside Union Structures
  2. pp. 135-146
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  1. 12. Pluralism and the Changing Nature of Politics
  2. pp. 147-153
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  1. 13. Between National Community and Class Solidarity
  2. pp. 154-165
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  1. 14. Porous Labor Market, Insular Political Community
  2. pp. 166-174
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  1. 15. Concluding Remarks to Part 3
  2. pp. 175-180
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 181-196
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  1. List of Interviewees
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-206
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  1. References
  2. pp. 207-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-236
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501717130
Related ISBN
9781501717147
MARC Record
OCLC
1003854947
Pages
252
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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