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Meeting the challenges of economic uncertainty and sustainability through employment, industrial relations, social and environmental policies in European countries

Objective

Coping with economic uncertainty while seeking security is a central dilemma of public policy in a globalising economy. A complex set of deals and conflicts are involved in the process of distributing the gains and the burdens of that uncertainty, and various forms of employment contracts and labour and social policies express their outcome. This project is concerned with the study of that process and its implications for societal models. In the course of conflict a number of different institutions engage in new practices; and there is a new diversity of employment forms and tenures. Social policy becomes increasingly integrated with employment and industrial relations practices, while both the sustainability of the institutions themselves and their impact on the natural environment require consideration. Challenges are also presented by the different forms of governance at work in the various policy fields. The crisis of the Keynesian model was often seen as a crisis for associational governance (or neo-corporatism), and an advance for reliance on market governance (usually assisted by strong elements of government intervention). Since then, policy-making by individual large corporations often seems to be replacing associational governance as well as government policy-making in fields of employment categories and rights, pay determination, and the determination of pensions. However, the public goods issues raised by uncertainty and environmental damage bring again into question the adequacy of governance by the market and individual firms. We should expect to find radical changes in the societal models that we have become accustomed to using in the analysis of social policy. There is a search for new modes of governance, or new combinations of old ones.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations
  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/public policy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 581 922,40
Administrative Contact
Jane Prewett (Ms.)

Participants (12)

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 198 763,90
Address
Warandelaan 2
5037 AB Tilburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ruud Muffels (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 124 506
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Martín Montemayor (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 180 137,60
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tony Roulot (Dr.)
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 41 800,80
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dorothee Bohle (Prof.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 103 735,20
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Per Kongshøj Madsen (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 76 666,50
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
C.C.A.M (Els) Sol (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TERAMO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 73 446,20
Address
Via Renato Balzarini 1 3 5 7
64100 Teramo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sabrina Saccomandi (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 71 275,20
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kirsten Gercek (Ms.)
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Iain Begg (Prof.)
Masarykova univerzita
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 22 075,20
Address
Zerotinovo Namesti 9
60177 Brno Stred
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Cerna (Mrs.)
INSTITUT SYNDICAL EUROPEEN
Belgium
Address
Boulevard Du Roi Albert Ii 5, Box 4
1210 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maarten Keune (Dr.)
ROYAL INSTITUTION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING MCGILL UNIVERSITY
Canada
Address
845 Sherbrooke Street West
H3A0G4 Montreal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
François Carrier (Prof.)