Social concertation in times of austerity : European integration and the politics of labour market governance in Austria and Switzerland
Title: Social concertation in times of austerity : European integration and the politics of labour market governance in Austria and Switzerland
Author: AFONSO, Alexandre
Citation: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2013, Changing Welfare States
External link: http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=442727
Why do governments still negotiate with trade unions and employers in the design of labour market and welfare reforms despite the steady decline of trade union membership almost everywhere in Europe? Social Concertation in Times of Austerity investigates the political underpinnings of social concertation in this new context with a focus on the regulation of labour mobility and unemployment protection in Austria and Switzerland. It shows that the involvement of organised interests in policymaking is a strategy of compromise-building used by governments when they are faced with party-political divisions, or when unpopular reforms are likely to have risky electoral consequences.
Table of Contents:
-- List of Tables and Figures 7 -- List of Abbreviations 9 -- Acknowledgements 13 -- 1 The Strange Survival of Social Concertation in Times of Austerity 15 -- 2 Social Concertation as a Political Strategy 25 -- 3 European Integration, Domestic Politics and Social Concertation 53 -- 4 Methods and Cases 75 -- 5 The Context of Social Concertation in Switzerland and Austria 91 -- 6 Social Concertation and Cross-Border Labour Mobility 111 -- 7 Social Concertation and Unemployment Policy Reforms 155 -- 8 Synthesis and Comparative Outlook 195 -- List of Interviews 215 -- Notes 217 -- References 223 -- Index 253
Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D. - Lausanne).
Type of Access: openAccess; openAccess