Labour politics and the EU's new economic governance regime (European Unions): A new European Research Council project

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Title: Labour politics and the EU's new economic governance regime (European Unions): A new European Research Council project
Authors: Erne, Roland
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Date: 10-May-2018
Online since: 2017-10-26T12:17:38Z
Abstract: European trade unions play a major role in democratic interest intermediation. This role is currently threatened by the increasingly authoritarian strain in EU's new economic governance (NEG). This project aims to explore the challenges and possibilities that the NEG poses to labour politics. Until recently, European labour politics has mainly been shaped by horizontal market integration through the free movement of goods, capital, services and people. After the financial crisis, the latter has been complemented by vertical integration effected through the direct surveillance of member states. The resulting NEG opens contradictory possibilities for labour movements in Europe. On the one hand, the reliance of the NEG on vertical surveillance makes decisions taken in its name more tangible, offering concrete targets for contentious transnational collective action. On the other hand, however, the NEG mimics the governance structures of multinational firms, by using key performance indicators that put countries in competition with one another. This constitutes a deterrent to transnational collective action. The NEG's interventionist and competitive strains also pose the threat of nationalist counter-movements, thus making European collective action ever more vital for the future of EU integration and democracy
Funding Details: European Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Transfer
Volume: 24
Issue: 2
Start page: 237
End page: 247
Copyright (published version): 2018 Sage
Keywords: Labour politicsEuropean UnionEconomic governanceTrade unionsPublic health careWater servicesPublic transportPublic servicesSix-packEuro crisisVertical integrationPoliticizing European integrationPoliticizationSocial movementsMulti-sited fieldworkMethodological transnationalism
DOI: 10.1177/1024258918770046
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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