The Spanish Labor Movement

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Book Chapter

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Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences


“The purpose of this chapter is to assess the role of the labor movement in Spanish society. Among other issues the chapter will analyze labor’s relationship to the political parties, particularly the Socialists and the Communists. It will seek to answer whether labor has been a full coalitional partner in the transformation of Spanish society or merely a weak actor manipulated by the political parties and the business community. What is the balance sheet on labor’s role in the transition to parliamentary democracy? Did it play a stabilizing or destabilizing role, particularly in the immediate post-Franco period? Looking to the future, what will be labor’s role under a Socialist government? In the long run, will it become a cooperative or antagonistic relationship? Finally, what role will the labor movement play in Spain’s long-standing problems of regional division and stagnating economy?” (page 125)