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De Europese vakbeweging en de vormgeving van sociaal beleid

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 1 2019
Trefwoorden Social Europe, European Union, Social policy, Trade unions, ETUC
Auteurs Drs. Saskia Boumans
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The European project currently faces not only an economic crisis, but a moral one as well. The economic growth model of social justice combined with market-oriented policies, also referred to as the European social model has lost much of its meaning after ten years of austerity and financial calamities. In 2012 ECB President Draghi says in the Wall Street Journal that the European social model is “gone”, a thing of the past. While only a couple of years later the European Pillar of Social Rights is put in place. What is happening with ‘Social Europe’? And how do trade unions, as a historical motor of social policy in the member states, relate to the European social model, especially since the financial crisis. This article deals with the position of trade unions vis-à-vis European social policy and the European institutions. The European social model, economic governance and the collective bargaining system are discussed as examples of post-crisis European social policy. It will be argued that although the European Commission gives institutional space to social policy and to a role for trade unions, it has always been subordinate to economic integration. And moreover that the recent economic crisis is used at the European level to obtain almost complete control over social policy in the member states.


Drs. Saskia Boumans
Drs. Saskia Boumans werkt als promovendus bij AIAS-HSI (UvA) aan een onderzoek naar werkgeversorganisaties in collectieve onderhandelingen, en heeft de afgelopen vijftien jaar voor de vakbeweging gewerkt.
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Naar een Europees corporatisme?

Een vergelijking van de sociale en civiele dialoog op Europees niveau

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 4 2007
Auteurs Inge Bleijenbergh en Taco Brandsen
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The European Commission has attempted to incorporate non-state actors in European decision-making through the so-called 'social dialogue' and 'civil dialogue'. The actors involved in the two dialogues are, respectively, social partners and civil society organisations. In this article we compare the two dialogues in terms of theories on the development of corporatist governmental arrangements. Our analysis shows that, whereas the social dialogue can now be characterised as corporatist, the civil dialogue remains pluralist in nature. We account for this difference by considering the interests of the actors involved, windows of opportunity and internal responsiveness.


Inge Bleijenbergh
Inge Bleijenbergh is universitair docent Methodenleer aan de Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen. Tot haar recente publicaties horen 'Equality Machineries Matter. The impact of political pressure of women on European social-care policies', Social Politics, 2007, 4: 1-23, met Conny Roggeband; en 'Trading well-being for economic efficiency: the 1990 shift in EU childcare policies', Marriage & Family Review, 2006, met Jet Bussemaker en Jeanne de Bruijn. Correspondentiegegevens: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen Postbus 9108 6500 HV Nijmegen 024-3611474 i.bleijenbergh@fm.ru.nl

Taco Brandsen
Taco Brandsen is universitair hoofddocent bestuurskunde aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Tot zijn recente publicaties behoren The Dutch third sector and the European Union. Connecting citizens to Brussels?, Den Haag: WRR, 2007, met Esther van den Berg; Co-Production, the third sector and the delivery of public services, New York: Routledge, 2007, met Victor Pestoff; en Meervoudig Bestuur, Den Haag: Uitgeverij LEMMA, 2006, met Wim van de Donk en Patrick Kenis. Correspondentiegegevens: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen Postbus 9108 6500 HK Nijmegen 024-3611973 t.brandsen@fm.ru.nl

    This article identifies institutions and arrangements concerning the reconciliation of working life and family life for various European countries. These institutions and arrangements concern time (flexible working hours and leave arrangements), money (tax systems) and facilities (childcare facilities). A fairer distribution of all work and care tasks requires proper facilities at national level in respect of childcare, parental leave, so-called leave savings schemes, the right to work part-time, etc. Such facilities are of particular importance while taking the first steps towards a fairer distribution: they will enable men to take on more tasks at home, while making it easier for women to work outside the home. The article concludes that with regard to reconciliation facilities, the differences between the several welfare states within the European Union are fading away. This is interesting, because as a result the EU countries are increasingly finding common ground in terms of solutions for reconciliation and more specifically the role of men.


Ivy Koopmans
Ivy Koopmans is als onderzoeker verbonden aan de Utrecht School of Economics van de Universiteit Utrecht. Adres: Utrecht School of Economics, Vredenburg 138, 3511 BG Utrecht, I.Koopmans@econ.uu.nl

Joop Schippers
Joop Schippers is hoogleraar Arbeids- en Emancipatie-economie aan de Universiteit Utrecht en tevens is hij als programmahoogleraar verbonden aan de Organisatie voor Strategisch Arbeidsmarktonderzoek (OSA). Adres: Utrecht School of Economics, Vredenburg 138, 3511 BG Utrecht
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