Direct democracy and trade union action

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dc.contributor.authorErne, Roland-
dc.contributor.authorBlaser, Markus-
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-21T11:54:02Z
dc.date.available2018-02-01T02:00:16Z
dc.date.copyright2018 the Authorsen_US
dc.date.issued2018-04-08-
dc.identifier.citationTransfer: European Review of Labour and Researchen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/9131-
dc.description.abstractThroughout much of the 20th century, the political influence of unions relied on strong ties to labour-friendly sister parties. Since the 1990s, however, the coalitions between centre-left parties and unions have deteriorated, forcing unions to consider complementary strategies in order to make their voices heard in politics. This article reviews European trade unions' use of different direct democratic channels to influence policy-making at local, national and EU levels. We distinguish direct democratic consultations initiated by the government from above (mandatory referenda and plebiscites) from direct democratic initiatives initiated by citizens from below (initiatives and facultative referenda) and discuss corresponding trade union experiences at local and national levels, namely in Germany, Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Furthermore, we are also analysing the successful right2water European Citizens Initiative (ECI) of the European Federation of Public Service Unions and the failed fair transport ECI of the European Transport Workers' Federation at EU level. Whereas unions successfully used direct democratic instruments to (1) defend social achievements or (2) as a lever to extract concessions from policy-makers, direct democracy is also challenging. Successful direct democratic campaigns require unions that are able to mobilise their own rank-and-file and to inspire larger sections of society.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSageen_US
dc.rightsErne, R; Blaser, M. Direct Democracy and Trade Union Action,Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research (24,2) pp. 217-232. Copyright © 2018 the Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.en_US
dc.subjectTrade unionen_US
dc.subjectDirect democracyen_US
dc.subjectEuropean Citizens Initiativeen_US
dc.subjectReferendumen_US
dc.subjectEuropean Unionen_US
dc.subjectEuropeen_US
dc.subjectRight2wateren_US
dc.subjectGermanyen_US
dc.subjectItalyen_US
dc.subjectIrelanden_US
dc.subjectSloveniaen_US
dc.subjectSwitzerlanden_US
dc.subjectSocial policyen_US
dc.titleDirect democracy and trade union actionen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.internal.authorcontactotherroland.erne@ucd.ieen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.volume24en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.startpage217en_US
dc.identifier.endpage232en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1024258918764079-
dc.neeo.contributorErne|Roland|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorBlaser|Markus|aut|-
dc.description.admin2019-01-25 JG/AC: PDF replaced at author's request (required EU logos added)en_US
dc.internal.rmsid855791675
dc.date.updated2017-12-20T12:16:59Z
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