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

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dc.contributor.authorErne, Roland- Sageen_US
dc.description.abstractEuropean 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 democracyen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipEuropean Research Councilen_US
dc.rightsErne, R. Labour politics and the EU's new economic governance regime (European Unions): a new European Research Council project, Transfer, 24(2), pp. 237-2487. Copyright © 2018 the Author. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. Additionally, please provide a link to the appropriate DOI for the published version of the Contribution on the SAGE Journals website (
dc.subjectLabour politicsen_US
dc.subjectEuropean Unionen_US
dc.subjectEconomic governanceen_US
dc.subjectTrade unionsen_US
dc.subjectPublic health careen_US
dc.subjectWater servicesen_US
dc.subjectPublic transporten_US
dc.subjectPublic servicesen_US
dc.subjectEuro crisisen_US
dc.subjectVertical integrationen_US
dc.subjectPoliticizing European integrationen_US
dc.subjectSocial movementsen_US
dc.subjectMulti-sited fieldworken_US
dc.subjectMethodological transnationalismen_US
dc.titleLabour politics and the EU's new economic governance regime (European Unions): A new European Research Council projecten_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
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