Towards a Socialisation of the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime? EU labour policy interventions in Germany, Italy, Ireland and Romania (2009-2019)

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Title: Towards a Socialisation of the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime? EU labour policy interventions in Germany, Italy, Ireland and Romania (2009-2019)
Authors: Jordan, JamieMaccarrone, VincenzoErne, Roland
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Date: 3-Jan-2020
Online since: 2020-02-07T12:09:43Z
Abstract: In response to the last recession, the European Union (EU) adopted a new economic governance regime (NEG). An influential stream of EU social policy literature argues that there has been more emphasis on social objectives in the NEG regime in more recent years. This article shows that this is not the case. It does so through an in-depth analysis of NEG prescriptions in wage, employment protection and collective bargaining policy in Germany, Italy, Ireland and Romania between 2009 and 2019. Our main conclusion is that the EU’s interventions in these three industrial relations policy areas continue to be dominated by a liberalisation agenda that is commodifying labour, albeit to a different degree across the uneven but nonetheless integrated European political economy. This finding is important, as countervailing transnational trade union is the more likely, the more there is a common threat. Even so, our contextualised analysis also enables us to detect contradictions that could provide European labour movements opportunities to pursue countervailing action.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
European Research Council
Irish Research Council
University College Dublin
metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship: EC - Education Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: British Journal of Industrial Relations
Copyright (published version): 2020 the Authors
Keywords: European semesterCollective bargainingWagesLabour market policyTrade unionsNew economic governanceEmployment protectionMultilateral surveillanceVertical integrationHorizontal integrationEuropean integrationMacroeconomic imbalance procedureEuropean social policyIndustrial relations
DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12522
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection
Geary Institute Research Collection

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