Title

The Role of Organized Labor in Civil Society

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2014

Abstract

Organized labor has served as a valuable element of civil society. The focus of this inquiry is how the decline of organized labor contributes to the weakening of the civil sphere. I first assess how unions have historically contributed to the positive functions of civil society. I then review the various factors that have led to the deterioration of organized labor and comment on the current state of the labor movement. I conclude with a discussion of the implications in terms of civil society and market culture.

Published In

Sociology Compass

Volume

8

Issue

8

Pages

1033-1044