Surviving the EU? The future for national employment models in Europe

Jill Rubery, Gerhard Bosch, Steffen Lehndorff

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The claim by the European Union (EU) to be both the moderniser and the effective saviour of distinctive European ways of doing things is challenged by this review of the multi-tiered influence of the EU on change in national models. Competition and macroeconomic policy is argued to be more significant than soft law in reshaping national models and in constraining innovation and change to meet new conditions. Lip service is paid by the EU to different paths of development, but the contradictions and synergies across institutional and policy approaches that underpin the notion of varieties of capitalism go unrecognised. European employment models are seen as primarily contributing to social protection, but the potential role for distinctive models to promote comparative advantage, as under varieties of capitalism analysis, is not on the policy agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-509
Number of pages22
JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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