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It is a necessary ally. For the most part, the enabling condition approach, and the conditions themselves, can be solidly grounded in industrial relations theory. Although this writer’s own theoretical approach, labeled as the “integrative theory of industrial conﬂict” (Wheeler 1985; Wheeler and McClendon 1991), deals primarily with the processes by which workers form and join unions, this framework is of utility in thinking about enabling conditions. It starts out with deprivation leading to three possible paths to individuals supporting a union.
These types represent fundamentally different logics of unionism. Breaking them down into types is a statement that unions “from the practical standpoint cannot be interpreted, evaluated, and judged as a simple consistent whole, or as a succession of more or less accidental and temporary variations from a single normal type” (Hoxie 1921: 54). 18 The Future of the American Labor Movement The reasoning underlying Richard Hyman’s much more recent (1996) classiﬁcation of European trade unions is similar to Hoxie’s.
Hyman (2001) agrees with Hoxie that there is no single agreed-upon deﬁnition of trade unions, arguing that “the meaning of trade unionism has historically been bitterly contested and today . . is a subject of doubt and disputation” (p. 165). The Ideal Types. The ideal types of American unions identiﬁed in this book are: Pure and Simple Unionism, Militant Radical Unionism, Cooperationist Unionism, Social Democratic Unionism, and Reformist Unionism. Hoxie’s types are labeled: “Business Unionism,” “Uplift Unionism,” “Revolutionary Unionism,” and “Predatory Unionism” (1921: xvii).