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Militants or PartisansLabor Unions and Democratic Politics in Korea and Taiwan$
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Yoonkyung Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775373

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775373.001.0001

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Labor Politics

Labor Politics

Realities, Theories, and Explanations

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This chapter compares the structural features of the economies and the organizational profiles of labor unions in Korea and Taiwan. It examines the effects of authoritarian legacies and partisan coalitions that have critically molded the interests, capacities, and strategies of labor unions under democratic governments and highlights the importance of democratic institutions and the extent of democratic representation of labor interests in the making of national variations of union activism. This chapter explains that labor unions alienated from political institutions and partisan allies are more likely to pursue radical mobilization strategies.

Keywords:   labor unions, Korea, Taiwan, authoritarian legacies, partisan coalitions, democratic institutions, labor interests, union activism, radical mobilization

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