When trade unions succeed : cases of blocked liberalisation in the common market
Title: When trade unions succeed : cases of blocked liberalisation in the common market
Author: MERETHE DOTTERUD, Leiren
Citation: European journal of political research, 2014, Vol. 53, No. 3, pp. 465-479
ISSN: 0304-4130; 1475-6765
Despite the generally accepted weakness of trade unions at the European Union level, an analysis of two high profile cases – the Services Directive and the Port Directive – shows that trade unions are able to mobilise effectively at the European level and, within constellations of actors, crucially impact EU decision making. In contrast to common claims that a lack of access to EU institutions makes such groups powerless, it is argued here that the exclusion of large opposing societal groups from consultations is neither a quick nor a sure fire recipe for dismantling opposition. On the contrary, it politicises the process and may lead to opposing groups mobilising in more contentious ways.
First published: 02 January 2014
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