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Between sectionalism and revitalisation: trade unions and activation policies in Europe

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Clegg, Daniel; Graziano, Paolo; Wijnbergen, Christa van

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Corporate Editor University of Edinburgh, Publication and Dissemination Centre (PUDISCwowe)
Abstract Though the response of trade unions to activation policies seems a crucial test of their capacity to adapt to the challenges of post-industrialisation, the issue has to date received little systematic attention in the welfare state or labour market policy literature. This paper takes a first step in remedying this curious neglect. Drawing on relevant theoretical literature it first briefly outlines two very contrasting perspectives on how unions' broad adaptation strategies could be expected to shape their attitude to activation reforms. It then analyses the role played by unions across around twenty years of labour market policy reforms in three strategically selected national case studies, confronting the differing assumptions to some preliminary empirical evidence. The cross-case evidence suggests that union attitudes to activation policies are rarely unambiguous reflections of either pure sectionalism or planned revitalisation platforms, but are instead shaped by a mix of strategic policy trade-offs, institutional incentives as well, at times, by the influence of new policy ideas.
Keywords trade union; activation; activating labor market policy; reform; France; Italy; Netherlands
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Labor Market Policy
Free Keywords activation; unions; insiders; preference formation; institutions
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Edinburgh
Page/Pages 28 p.
Series Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe, REC-WP 07/2010
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications