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The United Kingdom: how is EU governance transformative?

Kilpatrick, Claire and Freedland, Mark (2004) The United Kingdom: how is EU governance transformative? In: Sciarra, Silvana, Davies, Paul L. and Freedland, Mark, (eds.) Employment Policy and the Regulation of Part-Time Work in the European Union: A Comparative Analysis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 299 - 357. ISBN 9780521840026

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Identification Number: 10.1017/CBO9780511495045.011


This chapter uses the example of part-time work in the UK in order to investigate the transformative nature of EU governance. In line with the other country analyses, we focus on three regulatory sources: EU gender equality law, the 1997 Part-time Work Framework Agreement and Directive (hereafter Part-time Directive) and Title VIII EC Treaty dealing with employment policy. Given the production at EU level of these regulatory sources concerning part-time work, and the special, well-known, characteristics of the EU as a legal and political entity, rather than focussing on whether EU governance can be transformative, we consider how, and under what circumstances, it can transform a given policy area. Therefore, our interest does not primarily lie in measuring outcomes by, for instance, enquiring whether the lot of part-time workers in the UK has been improved as a result of EU intervention. It lies instead in analysing the distinctive spaces created by various modes of governance with regard to the regulatory and social profile of part-time work in the UK. Of course, these two issues – processes and outcomes – cannot be neatly separated since one important measure of transformative capacity is the magnitude of the change provoked, or influence brought to bear, by a given EU intervention. Notwithstanding that, it remains important to note that we are interested in outcomes from a perspective which is principally interested in the processes of transformation.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2004 Oxford University Institute of European and Comparative Law
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 11:04
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 23:21

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