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Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime

Dates:
  • Mon 28 Oct 2019 14.00 - 16.30
  • Tue 29 Oct 2019 09.30 - 12.00
  • Wed 30 Oct 2019 09.30 - 12.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-10-28 14:00 2019-10-30 12:00 Europe/Paris Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime

Trade unions play a major role in democratic interest intermediation. This role, however, is threatened by the much more vertical aspects of the EU’s new economic governance regime (NEG). Our joint EUI-SNS-UCD workshop therefore aims to explore the challenges that the NEG poses for 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. Since the financial crisis, the latter has been complemented by more vertical integration effected through direct surveillance of member states. The resulting NEG opens contradictory possibilities for labour movements (Erne 2019): On the one hand, the reliance of NEG on vertical surveillance makes decisions taken in its name more tangible, offering concrete targets for transnational collective action. On the other hand, NEG mimics the governance by numbers approach of multinationals in relation to subsidiaries by using scoreboards that put countries in competition with one another. This constitutes a deterrent to transnational collective action. NEG may therefore also trigger nationalist counter-movements, which is making European collective action ever more vital for the future of EU integration and democracy. At the workshop we will discuss first findings of the UCD ERC project (www.erc-europeanunions.eu) that assesses the shifts in EU governance caused by NEG and its effects on labour politics across countries (Germany, Italy, Ireland, Romania) and public service areas (healthcare, water and transport services) and aims to open novel approaches that are able to account for the interplay between EU economic governance, labour politics and European democracy.

Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Trade unions play a major role in democratic interest intermediation. This role, however, is threatened by the much more vertical aspects of the EU’s new economic governance regime (NEG). Our joint EUI-SNS-UCD workshop therefore aims to explore the challenges that the NEG poses for 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. Since the financial crisis, the latter has been complemented by more vertical integration effected through direct surveillance of member states. The resulting NEG opens contradictory possibilities for labour movements (Erne 2019): On the one hand, the reliance of NEG on vertical surveillance makes decisions taken in its name more tangible, offering concrete targets for transnational collective action. On the other hand, NEG mimics the governance by numbers approach of multinationals in relation to subsidiaries by using scoreboards that put countries in competition with one another. This constitutes a deterrent to transnational collective action. NEG may therefore also trigger nationalist counter-movements, which is making European collective action ever more vital for the future of EU integration and democracy. At the workshop we will discuss first findings of the UCD ERC project (www.erc-europeanunions.eu) that assesses the shifts in EU governance caused by NEG and its effects on labour politics across countries (Germany, Italy, Ireland, Romania) and public service areas (healthcare, water and transport services) and aims to open novel approaches that are able to account for the interplay between EU economic governance, labour politics and European democracy.


Location:
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Workshop

Contact:
Julia Maria Magdalen Hiltrop (EUI - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Professor Roland Erne (UCD)

Attachment:
Programme

Links:
ERC Project European Unions
 
 

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