This chapter presents an institutional analysis of two organizations established by union members to give labor a voice in regional economic development in western New York (WNY), one that emerged in the 1970s another created in the 1990s. Employing the institutionalist comparative case method, the analysis highlights the organizations' similarities and differences. Then, drawing attention to key “limiting” factors, a theory is outlined, offering three scenarios for future labor involvement in WNY economic development. Central to those scenarios is the finding that labor needs not only a voice but also a suitable message.
Whalen, C. (2011), "Union Engagement in Western New York Economic Development: An Institutional Analysis", Lewin, D., Kaufman, B. and Gollan, P. (Ed.) Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations (Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations, Vol. 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 177-213. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-6186(2011)0000018009Download as .RIS
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