from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The principle or theory of forming a union.
- n. The principles, theory, or system of a union, especially a trade union.
- n. Loyalty to the federal government during the Civil War.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The support of advocacy of a union, especially of a trade union
- n. Support for the North (the Union) during the American Civil War
- n. Support for the continuance of the United Kingdom (especially with respect to Northern Ireland)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The sentiment of attachment to a federal union, especially to the federal union of the United States.
- n. The principles, or the system, of combination among workmen engaged in the same occupation or trade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principle of uniting or combining; specifically, trade-unionism.
- n. Attachment or loyalty to the principle of union, or to some particular union; specifically, attachment or loyalty to the federal union known as the United States of America, and opposition to its rupture, as by the secession of the Southern States in 1861-5.
- n. In British politics, the principles or sentiments of the Unionists.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the system or principles and theory of labor unions
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Most interestingly, he says UUP leader David Trimble missed a great opportunity because of what he calls unionism's "determination to reject non-political links with the Republic" that might in time have helped to restore the North's economy.
So, my explanation for declining unionism is that it is part of a larger trend, which is toward increased importance of generic human capital and reduced relative importance of specific human capital.
Any Democratic advantage of supporting unionism is vastly outweighed by Democratic support of illegal aliens and environmentalism in general (and cap & trade in particular).
The sense of unionism is perhaps compatible with a certain sort of settled, permanent society, but it is most certainly foreign to a society which has a perpetual frontier mentality, even long after the frontier is gone.
Scandinavian unionism is a creature altogether different from its cousin in English-speaking countries; the grossest example of unionism-gone-wrong can be found in pre-Thatcher Britain.
Duffy, a hate figure within unionism, was jailed but later acquitted of the murder of a UDR member in 1995.
“This type of unionism is counter productive � why wouldn�t you want to be part of the UK political mainstream?”
This type of unionism is counter productive � why wouldn�t you want to be part of the UK political mainstream?
The whole premise of unionism is that the free market wage equilibrium may not be the most fair or just solution.
The tendency is for there to be two election battles - one within unionism and one within nationalsim.