Employers’ Organisations as Social Movements: Political power and identity-work.

Date

2018-09-25

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Wiley

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

The literature on employers’ and business organisations (EOs) has failed to analyse them as contentious organisations that apply identity-work as a power resource to mobilise resources and members. This article is based on a qualitative case study of Islamic EOs in Turkey. Developing a social movement model of EOs, I analyse the mechanisms through which identity-work with local religious collaborators facilitated collective action and political power. I find that the role of identity-work was three-fold: providing internal solidarity, securing external legitimacy, and supporting contentious institutional change by developing new policy ideas. This model can be applied more widely as EOs have increasingly shifted from traditional roles to take on social movement characteristics.

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Keywords

Employers association, collectivism, thematic analysis, qualitative research methods

Citation

Sezer, L.A. (2018) Employers’ Organisations as Social Movements: Political power and identity-work. Human Resource Management Journal, 29 (1), pp. 67-81

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Research Institute

People, Organisations and Work Institute (POWI)