Union mobilisation and the 2007 federal election in Australia

accounting for the campaign's success

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Abstract

Our presentation looks at Australian Election Study 2007 evidence that can measure the impact of the union movement's campaign against WorkChoices in three distinct ways: the increased salience of industrial relations to voters, its impact on voting behaviour, and the activities of union activists. Drawing on a few theories covering territory in industrial relations, political science and social movements, we then offer an account of how to best understand the innovations brought about by the campaign. We conclude with some speculations about the campaign's significance for the long-term relationship between the union movement and Labor as well as for industrial relations policy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWork in progress
Subtitle of host publicationcrises, choices and continuity : proceedings of the 24th AIRAANZ conference
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherUniversity of Western Sydney
ISBN (Print)9780980608533
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAssociation of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference (24th : 2010) - Sydney
Duration: 3 Feb 20105 Feb 2010

Conference

ConferenceAssociation of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand Conference (24th : 2010)
CitySydney
Period3/02/105/02/10

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Wilson, S., & Spies-Butcher, B. (2010). Union mobilisation and the 2007 federal election in Australia: accounting for the campaign's success. In Work in progress: crises, choices and continuity : proceedings of the 24th AIRAANZ conference Sydney: University of Western Sydney.