Lucien van der Want, 2019, “Syndicalism,” in Carl Levy and Matthew Adams (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism, Palgrave, pp. 249-263.
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A survey of the core ideas, debates and historical developments in the tradition of syndicalism, taken here as anarcho-syndicalism and revolutionary syndicalism, including De Leonism and the IWW tradition. Contrasts syndicalism with economism, business unionism, political unionism and ‘social movement unionism’; addresses issues of prefifuration, oligarchy, and the meaning of ‘working class’; examines debates amongst syndicalists over state elections, political parties and a more ‘Bakuninist’ ‘dual organisationalist’ outlook, as well as over ‘boring-from-within’ versus ‘dual unionism’ versus rank-and-file syndicalism, and the issue of works councils; outlines the link between anarchism and syndicalism, and syndicalism before the 1890s; and provides a summarised world history of the current and its international networks. Overall, it disputes stereotypes and assumptions about the roots, politics and rise and fall and rise of syndicalism.