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Trade unions and the politics of the European social model

Hyman, Richard (2005) Trade unions and the politics of the European social model. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 26 (1). pp. 9-40. ISSN 1461-7099

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There is a consensus among European trade unions that economic integration should be complemented by a strong ‘social dimension’. What is far less clearly agreed is what ‘Social Europe’ means, and how it should be defended against the challenges inherent in a neoliberal approach to economic integration, the dominant logic of ‘competitiveness’, and the pressures for ‘modernization’ of social welfare. Unions’ ability to resist these challenges is weakened by their integration into an elitist system of EU governance in which mobilization and contention are inhibited. The article concludes that a new mode of trade union action is required if the ‘social model’ is to be sustained.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2005 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 05 May 2006

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