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Social Partnership and Economic Performance : The Case of Europe : Elgar Monographs - Bernard Casey

Social Partnership and Economic Performance : The Case of Europe

Elgar Monographs

Hardcover ISBN: 9781840642001
Number Of Pages: 176

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In recent years, and to varying degrees, there has been a marked trend towards decentralisation of labour market regulation in many European countries. The authors of this book seek to assess the impact of social partnership and social protection on the macroeconomic performance of nine member states of the European Union - namely Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK. They compare the performance outcomes of these countries with the USA over the last twenty years and find that, in broad terms, the countries that perform 'best' are those that have adapted and decentralised their systems of social partnership and protection. The authors also analyse the changing nature of social partnership and protection within the European Union (EU). They examine recent developments in EU social policy, particularly its shift towards employment promotion through the national action plans on employment that each member state is now required to introduce. These reinforce social partnership but also impose new challenges for governments, employers and unions to meet. Central amongst these challenges is the need to ensure that social partnership is as inclusive as possible. The authors conclude that the EU requires more social partnership if ever closer union, including monetary union, is to succeed and that employment promotion programmes must be pursued by the EU as a whole.

List of Figures and Tablesp. vii
Note on Authorsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. xiii
Social Partnership, Social Protection and Economic Performancep. 1
Theoretical foundations of the European social modelp. 3
Definitions and termsp. 9
The countries studiedp. 13
The unit of investigationp. 15
Trends and Developments in Nine Countriesp. 22
Features of the Austrian and UK approachesp. 23
Macroeconomic policyp. 25
Pay determination and employee relationsp. 38
Training and labour market policyp. 52
Social securityp. 62
Summaryp. 71
Economic Performance in the Nine Countriesp. 79
Findings of other studiesp. 79
Modelling the determinants of performancep. 87
Measuring performancep. 90
Results: the countries comparedp. 93
Conclusionsp. 98
Matters Arisingp. 102
Social partnership as a dynamic processp. 103
Role of EU-level social policyp. 109
Social partnership as an inclusive processp. 117
Bibliographyp. 127
Indexp. 147
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ISBN: 9781840642001
ISBN-10: 1840642009
Series: Elgar Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.24 x 22.86  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.32

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