Militant partnership: a radical pluralist analysis of workforce dialectics

Tony Dundon, Tony Dobbins

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The sociological understandings of both cooperation and resistance at work are complex. This article contributes to knowledge about dialectic tensions concerning both collaborative and conflictual workforce orientations in the context of a ‘pre-arranged’ union-management partnership agreement. It reports unofficial workforce militancy in opposition to both management and union policy regarding a socially constructed cooperative work regime. The article advances a ‘radical pluralist’ analysis to understand the formation of worker interests and attendant workforce orientations within capitalism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-931
Number of pages20
JournalWork, Employment & Society
Issue number6
Early online date9 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Conflict and cooperation
  • Militancy
  • Partnership
  • Radical pluralism
  • Worker orientations


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