Explaining the unequal success of the “Right2Water” and the “Fair Transport” European Citizens’ Initiative

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Title: Explaining the unequal success of the “Right2Water” and the “Fair Transport” European Citizens’ Initiative
Authors: Szabó, ImreGolden, DarraghErne, Roland
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11828
Date: Dec-2020
Online since: 2021-01-12T16:33:13Z
Abstract: In this paper, we move beyond methodological nationalist frames of reference that dominate our field andinvestigate the conditions under which transnational, cross-border labour mobilization in reaction to European integration emerges and becomes successful. We build on previous research that pointed out the continued presence of transnational labour solidarity in the wake of the Eurocrisis and the EU’s New Economic Governance regime(Bieler and Erne 2014; Erne et al2015; Erne 2019;Parks 2015). Here, we compare two transnational campaigns launched by European trade union federations. The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) coordinated the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative on the Right to Water (R2W ECI) in 2012-2013. The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) followed suit in 2015 with its own initiative on “Fair Transport” but failed to collect the necessary number of signatures that is required before EU institutions will formally engage with the demands of the initiative. Both of these campaigns fell outside the scope of traditionally defined union mobilization (e.g. strikes or demonstrations). Therefore,they can be considered not only as transnational but also as innovative actions that took advantage of new instruments of direct democracy at the EU-level(Erne and Blaser 2018).
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
European Research Council
Irish Research Council
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin
Series/Report no.: ERC European Unions; Working Paper 20-09
Copyright (published version): 2020 the Authors
Keywords: Organised labourEU integrationEuropean citizens' initiativesEU policymaking
Other versions: https://www.erc-europeanunions.eu/working-papers/
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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