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European Integration and Path Dependence: Explaining the Evolution of EU Social Policy. European Political Economy Review. Vol. 3, No. 2 (Winter 2005-2006), pp. 87-111

Tsarouhas, Dimitris (2005) European Integration and Path Dependence: Explaining the Evolution of EU Social Policy. European Political Economy Review. Vol. 3, No. 2 (Winter 2005-2006), pp. 87-111. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    This paper argues that explaining the development of EU social policy requires an understanding of the role of European business. It asserts that EU social policy remains dependent on the willingness of economic actors, centred on the European Roundtable of Industrialists and UNICE, to facilitate steps towards a more cohesive social policy framework. The paper shows the path dependent nature of the EU integration process and the limited ability of European trade unions to reach far-reaching agreements with employers on the basis of the latter’s powerful position as the instigator of the EU’s revival in the 1980s.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market > unions
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
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    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Political Economy Review
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2008
    Page Range: pp. 87-111
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:42
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6411

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