Resurgence or deterioration the state of cultural unions in the 21st century

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The twenty-first century has brought crisis to organized labor in the United States-membership is diminishing, political influence is declining, and attitudes regarding unions are growing increasingly hostile. Cultural unions-which organize actors, musicians, and performers-have also seen shifts in influence and power. This article explores the contemporary state of two cultural unions. Both unions formed as bargaining agents for performing artists over 100 years ago. Through the lens of collective action theory, it is argued that the philosophy behind the initial development of the unions played a key role in the ability for success in the twenty-first century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Arts Management Law and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


  • Actors
  • Collective action
  • Labor unions
  • Musicians
  • Professional association

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Strategy and Management
  • Law


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