chapter  15
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A working knowledge of economics?

ByRICHARD MCINTYRE

Economics for a trade union audience starts with two strikes: it is abstract and quantitative. Most trade unionists don’t share the economist’s fascination with abstract relationships. They want something that speaks directly to their lived experience. And while particular numbers or simple charts may be memorable, trade unionists tend not to be as fascinated with endless quantification as economists are.