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"A Regulatory Conundrum: Building a Regime for EC Social and Labour Market Policy"

Rhodes, Martin. (1993) "A Regulatory Conundrum: Building a Regime for EC Social and Labour Market Policy". In: UNSPECIFIED, Washington, DC. (Unpublished)

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    [From the Introduction]. The aim of this paper is to discuss the attempted construction of a regulatory regime for European social and labour market policy. While it is clear that the concept of a European welfare state with harmonised social security structures to which Brittan alludes is infeasible - not least because the European Community lacks the resources required engage in largescale redistributive policies - as Giandomenico Majone has pointed out, this does not prevent it from undertaking ambitious programmes of social (and economic) regulation for the political and administrative costs of most regulatory programmes are borne by the regulated (firms and individuals) rather than the regulator. (4) But this begs the question of how that regulatory structure is to be built. What are the political and practical limits to the creation of a pan-European policy regime in this area? How effective can a structure of regulation or governance in this sector be given (a) the diversity of historical, legal and institutional traditions among the EC 12 and (b) the infinite scope for discord over two key regulatory issues: the desirability of new regulation in labour markets at either the national or supranational level and the acceptability of the assumption of Community competence in this domain, with all that implies for the hallowed if notoriously imprecise notion of 'subsidiarity'?

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market > labour/labor
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > regulations/regulatory policies
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1993 (3rd), May 27-29, 1993
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2007
    Page Range: p. 37
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:47

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