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Social dialogue as a regulatory mode of the ESM: some empirical evidence from the new member states

Céline Lafoucriere and Roy Green

in Unwrapping the European social model

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347985
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347985.003.0011
Social dialogue as a regulatory mode of the ESM: some empirical evidence from the new member states

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This chapter discusses the question of whether social partnership structures, in the new member states, are ready to receive the European social model (ESM) and respond to its demands. The focus is on organisational models, including the different countries' economic markets, highlighting the issue of the suitability of the ESM for these new members who carry strongly different traditions and historical backgrounds and whose future economic and social interests may also accordingly be rather different. The potential threats that these new member states represent for the future of European social dialogue and the ESM as a whole are also pointed out. There should be a crucial overall review both of a European-level social dialogue definition and of a more flexible European Employment Strategy in order to enable the new members to take the requisite resolutions. In the absence of such a process there exists a strong risk that the Anglo-Saxon model will become prevalent within the EU and thereby discredit the rather fragile ESM.

Keywords: European Union; social model; economics; social dialogue; sociology

Chapter.  7653 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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