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EMU and labor market institutions in Europe: the rise and fall of national social pacts

Hancké, Bob ORCID: 0000-0002-3334-231X and Rhodes, Martin (2005) EMU and labor market institutions in Europe: the rise and fall of national social pacts. Work and Occupations, 32 (2). pp. 196-228. ISSN 0730-8884

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0730888405274505


During the 1990s, wage setting increasingly became coordinated in many Member States of the European Union (EU), often through new arrangements involving broad encompassing social pacts between employers, trade unions, and governments striking deals across policy areas from wages to social and employment policies. We argue that the different forms of institutional innovation in wage setting found in the EU depended on the combination of the character of external pressures and preexisting protoinstitutional structures in the labor market. The shifts in the institutions of wage-setting and macro-level labor market governance were directly related to shifts in macro-economic policy regimes, especially political-economic pressures associated with the advent of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Because these pressures were not symmetrically distributed across the different EMU candidates, both the urgency of the problems and responses they produced differed. Micro institutions conditioned the ability of countries to "embed’these new arrangements in stable rule-based governance structures.

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Additional Information: © 2005 SAGE Publications
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:23

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