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European Integration and Industrial Relations

Multi-level Governance in the Making

Keith Sisson og Paul Marginson

Palgrave 2004, 384 s. ISBN 033968662
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This book comprehensively analyzes the impact of continuing European integration on industrial relations institutions and outcomes. It organizes an immensely rich body of theoretical and empirical material to sustain its core argument that the governance of industrial relations is increasingly multi-level. Cross-national influences are shown to mix with national ones and involve the European sector and company, as well as Community, levels. Competing tendencies towards 'Europeanization', 'Americanization' and 'Re-nationalization' are identified. The approach is multi-disciplinary and truly cross-national. It deals with both the theory and practice of industrial relations in contemporary Europe.

ContentsIntroduction: Contested Terrain
The Starting Point: Three Key Dimensions
Multi-Level Governance in the Making: Introducing the Key Processes
Industrial Relations at EU Levels: A Glass Half Full as well as Half Empty
National 'Social Pacts': A Case of 'Re-nationalization' and 'Europeanization'?
National Sector Agreements - The Foundations Under Threat?
The Changing Balance between Sector and Company Bargaining
The Euro-Company: Focal Point for the Europeanization of Industrial Relations?
Wage Developments in a Multi-Level System - A Case of 'Convergence Without Coordination?
Working Time Developments - Towards a New Organization of Work?
'One Europe' and 'Several Europes'? A Review of the Findings
Author Biographies
PAUL MARGINSON is Professor of Industrial Relations and Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at the University of Warwick. He has researched and published extensively on the Europeanization of industrial relations.

KEITH SISSON is Head of Strategy Development at the UK's Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service, and Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations in the University of Warwick's Industrial Relations Research Unit. As well as European industrial relations, he has published widely on the role of management in industrial relations.