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European Unions SIGNED

Labour Politics and the EU's New Economic Governance Regime

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Project "European Unions" data sheet

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Organization address
address: BELFIELD
city: DUBLIN
postcode: 4

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 Coordinator Country Ireland [IE]
 Total cost 1˙997˙132 €
 EC max contribution 1˙997˙132 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2022-09-30


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 Project objective

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. This project has the following objectives: 1. To understand the interrelation between NEG and existing ‘horizontal’ EU economic governance; and the shifts in labour politics triggered by NEG; 2. To open up novel analytical approaches that are able to capture both national and transnational social processes at work; 3. To analyse the responses of established trade unions and new social movements to NEG in selected subject areas and economic sectors at national and EU levels, and their feedback effects on NEG; 4. To develop a new scientific paradigm capable of accounting for the interplay between EU economic governance, labour politics and EU democracy.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Darragh Golden
A Fairer Europe for Workers… Or Else? Some observations from the ETUC Congress 2019, Vienna, 21–24 May 2019
published pages: 489-493, ISSN: 1024-2589, DOI: 10.1177/1024258919881263
Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research 25/4 2020-04-01
2020 Imre G. Szabó
Professionals on the road to contention: Social movement unionism in healthcare labour disputes across Europe
published pages: 0143831X2090309, ISSN: 0143-831X, DOI: 10.1177/0143831x20903090
Economic and Industrial Democracy 28 February 2020-03-23
2020 Jamie Jordan, Vincenzo Maccarrone, Roland Erne
Towards a Socialization of the EU\'s New Economic Governance Regime? EU Labour Policy Interventions in Germany, Ireland, Italy and Romania (2009–2019)
published pages: , ISSN: 0007-1080, DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12522
British Journal of Industrial Relations 18 February 2020-03-23
2019 Bianca Föhrer, Roland Erne, Graham Finlay
Transnational Competence: A Transformative Tool? A Comparison of German and Irish Political Trade Union Education Programs
published pages: 0160449X1989438, ISSN: 0160-449X, DOI: 10.1177/0160449x19894388
Labor Studies Journal REPOSITORY LINK 2020-01-28
2019 Vincenzo Maccarrone, Roland Erne, Aidan Regan
Ireland: life after social partnership
published pages: 315-335, ISSN: , DOI:
Collective bargaining in Europe: towards an endgame 2019-10-29
2018 Roland Erne, Darragh Golden, Jamie Jordan, Sabina Stan, Imre Szabó
From Horizontal to Vertical EU Integration. Opportunities and threats for organised labour
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) 2018 11 September 2018 2019-04-26
2018 Sabina Stan, Valentin-Veron Toma
Accumulation by Dispossession and Public–Private Biomedical Pluralism in Romanian Health Care
published pages: 85-99, ISSN: 0145-9740, DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2018.1492572
Medical Anthropology 38/1 2019-06-07
2018 Roland Erne
Labour politics and the EU’s new economic governance regime (European Unions)
published pages: 237-247, ISSN: 1024-2589, DOI: 10.1177/1024258918770046
Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research 24/2 2019-04-26
2018 Sabina Stan
NEG and labour politics in the health care sector
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) 2018 11 September 2018 2019-04-26
2018 Jamie Jordan
NEG and labour politics: EU-level perspectives
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) 2018 11 September 2018 2019-04-26
2018 Imre Szabó
NEG and labour politics in the water sector
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) 2018 11 September 2018 2019-04-26
2018 Vincenzo Maccarrone
NEG and labour politics: Irish perspectives
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) 2018 11 September 2018 2019-04-26

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