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Employees' Resources and Social Rights in Europe - RESORE, Final Report, EUR 23313

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00104


Are pension reforms and labour market policies symptomatic of a crisis of the institutional forms of capitalism constructed historically in each country? Do they reflect mutations of the salariat? These are two of the key questions among the issues raised by the RESORE project in approaching its research from the particular angle of changes in workers' resources. RESORE brings to the fore the dynamic relation between employment, the wage and social rights. The primary objective of the research project was to test the validity of an original multidisciplinary conceptual framework for the analysis of the processes of construction/transformation of workers' social rights in the fields of pension reform and the emergence of the subsidized employee in European countries.
The research strategy was based on an approach to international comparisons that takes account of societal configurations in their relation to European construction. The study of national documentary sources was taken as the starting point for the comparison between policies subsidising employment or aiming at pension reforms in eight EU member states (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the U.K.). In addition, available statistical sources were used in order to assess to the extent possible the resource flows and populations concerned. Finally, the articulation between national and Community levels for our two research fields was investigated through a study of the actors and their discourses, using official documents and over 60 interviews conducted with union organisations and national civil servants sitting on European committees on employment and pensions in the framework of the Open Method of Coordination.

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