The leadership component of Kelly’s Mobilisation Theory : contribution, tensions, limitations and further development

Darlington, RR 2018, 'The leadership component of Kelly’s Mobilisation Theory : contribution, tensions, limitations and further development' , Economic and Industrial Democracy, 39 (4) , pp. 617-638.

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Abstract

This reassessment of Kelly’s analysis of the relationship of activist leadership to collective action within the overall jigsaw of mobilisation theory draws on social movement literature, studies by industrial relations scholars utilising aspects of Kelly’s approach – including this author’s own work – and related research on union leadership within collective mobilisation. In the process, it identifies and celebrates how Kelly’s work, whilst contributing a distinct and substantive actor-related approach, recognised that leadership is one ingredient amongst other factors, including important structural opportunities and constraints. It considers three potential ambiguities/tensions within Kelly’s conceptualisation of leadership related to the social construction of workers’ interests, spontaneity of workers’ action and the ‘leader/follower’ interplay. The review also identifies two important limitations, related to the union member/bureaucracy dynamic and the role of left-wing political leadership, and concludes by signalling different forms of leadership relationships on which further refinement and development would be fruitful.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Economic and Industrial Democracy
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0143-831X
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Funders: British Academy
Depositing User: RR Darlington
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 14:41
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2018 18:40
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/46302

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