Employment, industrial relations and social policy : new life in an old connection
Social policy & administration, 1999, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 437-457
CROUCH, Colin, Employment, industrial relations and social policy : new life in an old connection, Social policy & administration, 1999, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 437-457 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/71298
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The purpose of this paper is to account for the revival of both academic and substantive interest in what had long been seen as an unimportant byway of social policy: the role of social partners, especially trade unions, in the management of national social insurance systems. The answer is found in the budgetary crises facing these systems along with the frequent embedded role of the social partner organizations in their governance. Meanwhile, this welfare state role of trade unions then has implications back on to the conduct of industrial relations. The diversity of national experiences is considered, including the reasons for British exceptionalism on this question. Particular use is made of a comparison between Italy and the Netherlands on the one hand (cases of some success in the rob of social partners in managing change in social insurance arrangements), and France and Germany on the other (at the time of writing, cases of stalemate).
First published: 17 December 2002
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/71298
Full-text via DOI: 10.1111/1467-9515.00162
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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