Intergovernmentalism, disintegration and the importance of European unity

in European labour movements in crisis
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A final chapter sets out an argument about the role of labour in the process of European integration. Rather than facilitating Europeanization, as certain theories predict, relations between separate labour movements tend to be based on national interests and, within EMU, exploitative relations form between strong and weak. It is argued that such developments validate intergovernmentalist theories of European integration and, consistent with an emerging agenda which underlines the capacity of the EU to disintegrate, point to the ability of labour sectionalism to undermine the European project. An agenda for future research is also outlined, which encourages investigation into asymmetric relations between labour movements, the capacity of actors to prioritize competing goals and the manner in which non-state actors drive the (dis)integration process. Finally, it is stressed that the endurance of the EU is unequivocally in the interests of labour; the book ends with evaluation of ways in which the EU might be reformed so as to strengthen institutional grounds for labour cooperation.

European labour movements in crisis

From indecision to indifference



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