Social Policy in the European Union: Between Harmonization and National Autonomy
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub (January 2001)
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This study provides a systematic examination of the feasibility of a common European Union social policy superimposed on 15 distinctive national systems. The authors trace the making of EU social policy from formulation to implementation, highlighting the roles of labour unions and employers' associations. By focusing on the European Works Council Directive, they are able to examine implementation by both member states and multinational corporations. Interviews with corporate managers from the UK, Germany and France inform this realistic assessment of the dynamics involved in taking a social policy from its inception in Brussels to its practice in member states.