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http://rrp.sagepub.com Review of Radical Political Economics DOI: 10.1177/0486613405280814 2005; 37; 543 Review of Radical Political Economics Michael D. Yates Book Review: The Next Upsurge: Labor and the New Social Movements http://rrp.sagepub.com The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com On behalf of: Union for Radical Political Economics can be found at: Review of Radical Political Economics Additional services and information for http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://rrp.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: © 2005 Union for Radical Political Economics. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution. at COLUMBIA UNIV on March 1, 2008 http://rrp.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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who are denied life-saving medicine because of high monopolistic prices feel the effects of international property rights regimes that do not allow “free trade” in such products to oc- cur, again supported by developed country governments such as the United States. Pollin’s basic assessment is absolutely correct, that the move away from neoliberal eco- nomic policies is the first and necessary step toward changing lives for the better across the world. In developing countries, this must be combined with a broader struggle against im- perialism, which continues to distort the world in which we live. Jayati Ghosh Centre for Economic Studies and Planning School of Social Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi 110067 India E-mail: jayati@del6.vsnl.net.in The Next Upsurge: Labor and the New Social Movements Daniel Clawson; Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003, 235 pp, $42.50 (hardback), $18.95 (paperback). DOI: 10.1177/0486613405280814 Accepted September 8, 2004 The decline of the labor movement in the United States is both well known and much discussed. Authors typically posit a variety of reasons for the long-term slide in union den- sity (the share of nonsupervisory employees in unions) and the growing political ineffec- tiveness of organized labor and then offer suggestions for a reversal of this trend and a re- vival of the labor movement (Moody 1988; Yates 1998). Daniel Clawson follows this prototypic approach in his book, The Next Upsurge . What he tells us is not particularly original, but it is stated with passion and clarity. However, the real value of the book lies in the informative case studies of recent successful union organiz- ing and labor-movement building that form the core of the book. Clawson, who conducted numerous interviews with the principals involved in these class struggles, believes that, taken together, they might hold the key to the next worker “upsurge.” The case studies are embedded in a framework built on three arguments. First, Clawson maintains that the labor movement has not grown incrementally but in periodic upsurges. These upsurges not only greatly increase union density; they also change what he calls the
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