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What's the point of European Sectoral Social Dialogue? effectiveness and polycontexturality in the hospital and metal sectors.

Larsson , Bengt and Galetto, Manuela and Weber, Sabrina and Bechter, Barbara and Prosser, Thomas (2020) 'What's the point of European Sectoral Social Dialogue? effectiveness and polycontexturality in the hospital and metal sectors.', Industrial relations journal., 51 (5). pp. 410-426.

Abstract

Drawing on pragmatism and systems theory, this article analyses how participants in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in the metal and hospital committees understand its effectiveness. We find that the participants have a broad understanding of effectiveness compared with the European Commission and existing research. Participants do not dismiss the importance of direct effects on working conditions in member states but downplay it in comparison with indirect effects from, and effectiveness in, European Sectoral Social Dialogue. That is, horizontal learning, knowledge sharing and pragmatic bottom‐up work to reach consensus are emphasised as more prominent than top‐down regulatory effectiveness.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12305
Publisher statement:© 2020 The Authors. Industrial Relations Journal published by Brian Towers (BRITOW) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Date accepted:28 July 2020
Date deposited:01 September 2020
Date of first online publication:01 September 2020
Date first made open access:01 September 2020

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