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Industrial relations and European integration

Trans- and supranational developments and prospects

Hans Dahlqvist og Berndt Keller

Ashgate 2003 192 s. ISBN 0754633365
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The completion of the Single Market and the launching of the European Monetary Union during the 1990s have been accompanied by processes of socio-economic restructuring and major changes in the structure and forms of governance within the dynamic multi-level EU system. The patterns of reaction and adaptation of national industrial relations systems to these EU-developments are discussed under the heading of "Europeanisation" of national IR-systems. The Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties have extended - to a certain degree - the scope for legislative and coordinated activities by the EU in the fields of social, labour-market and employment policies. These basic legal and political decisions have created new avenues for the development of transnational industrial relations and the establishment of new arenas for EU-level interaction, including social dialogues between the social partners.
This volume comprehensively covers the existing and developing dimensions of cross-border and EU-level industrial relations: European Works Councils; sectoral Social Dialogues; multi-sectoral Social Dialogue; transnational coordination of collective bargaining; European employment policy and the involvement of the social partners; industrial relations in Central and Eastern Europe and their integration into EU-level structures.
The volume aims to present the actual empirical and theoretical state of research in the respective fields and to contribute to both the academic and the political debate on preconditions, dynamics, limits and prospects of an emerging industrial relations system at EU-level.

Contents
Introduction: the Europeanization of industrial relations, Berndt Keller and Hans-Wolfgang Platzer; The interprofessional social dialogue at European level: past and future; Gerda Falkner; Social dialogues at sectoral level: the neglected ingredient of European industrial relations, Berndt Keller; European works councils: a new mode of EU regulation and the emergence of a European multi-level structure of workplace industrial relations, Torsten Müller and Hans-Wolfgang Platzer; European monetary union and collective bargaining, Franz Traxler; Europeanization of collective bargaining: trade union initiatives for the transnational coordination of collective bargaining, Thorsten Schulten; European employment policy since the 1990s, Janine Goetschy; Conclusions and perspectives: European integration and trans- and supranational industrial relations, Berndt Keller and Hans-Wolfgang Platzer; Index.

Reviews
'The completion of the single market and the establishment of the monetary union is accompanied by the construction of the European Social Model...The different aspects and the dynamics of this process are brilliantly described and discussed in this volume. It will be of great value not only for readers in Europe but all over the world...' Professor Dr Manfred Weiss, J.W.Goethe University, Germany and President of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA)

'...Integrated treatments of the cross-border and European-level dimensions to industrial relations are all too rare: this volume provides a timely and valuable exception.' Professor Paul Marginson, University of Warwick, UK