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КЕМБРИДЖ -- Способно ли политическое возрождение профсоюзов остановить глобализацию? Или же возрастание их роли сделает глобализацию более устойчивой, способствуя всеобщему равенству и справедливости? Так или иначе, профсоюзы выступают в качестве основного фактора, определяющего эволюцию нашей экономической системы в 2008 году и далее.

Возрастание роли профсоюзов проявилось в ходе многих последних событий: в вызвавшем споры повышении минимальной заработной платы для почтовых служащих канцлером Германии Ангелы Меркель; в открытых опасениях, выраженных несколькими кандидатами на пост президента США относительно торговли и иммиграции; в появившейся со стороны руководства Китая обеспокоенности по поводу трудовых стандартов.

Наряду с ростом политического влияния, начинает возрождаться утраченное к профсоюзам доверие. Поле десятилетий жесткой критики в адрес профсоюзов со стороны экономистов в связи с тем, что растет число безработных и создаются препятствия на пути экономического роста, профсоюзное движение в настоящее время поддерживают такие специалисты, как Поль Кругман, который приводит доводы о том, что более сильные профсоюзы нужны для того, чтобы противостоять наихудшим проявлениям глобализации.

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