Politics and Ideology in the Italian Workers' Movement: Union Development and the Changing Role of the Catholic and Communist Subcultures in Postwar Italy

Synopsis

- One of the first books to analyse the reasons for the success of the present-day Italian trade union movement through a study of its history.This lucid history of the Italian workers' movement examines the unique ideological and political features which have determined its development, including the bitter conflicts in the 1950s between Catholic and Communist confederations. The Italian trade union movement, from an early position of weakness rooted in deep ideological divisions, has achieved a position of strength in the political and social fabric of the country which most labour movements would envy. The author examines how the creative struggle between Catholics and Communists has been central to this achievement. He argues that no other labour movement has experimented with as many different approaches to industrial relations and with such successful results.