Competing Transnationalisms: Form and Purpose in Global Labour Politics
The primary goal of this contribution is to explore the interfaces between the forms and the social purpose of transnational labor relations. With respect to form I will argue that transnational relations can take a variety of forms depending on membership and the organizational ties amongst the participants. In short that there is no nomothetic correlation between forms of transnationalism and its strength. With respect to purpose I will focus on both the instrumental goals of transnational relations and their deeper structural and ideological foundations. Out of this discussion I derive an analytical scheme which I use to understand the dynamics of global union politics. On that basis I will highlight the need to examine competing labor transnationalisms as evidence of increasing contestation over global industrial relations, similar to the contestations that have taken place in national contexts over time.