When trade unions succeed: cases of blocked liberalisation in the common market

Leiren, Merethe Dotterud and Parks, Louisa (2014) When trade unions succeed: cases of blocked liberalisation in the common market. European Journal of Political Research, 53 (3). pp. 465-479. ISSN 0304-4130

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Abstract

Despite the generally accepted weakness of trade unions at the European Union level, an analysis of two high profile cases – the Services Directive and the Port Directive – shows that trade unions are able to mobilise effectively at the European level and, within constellations of actors, crucially impact EU decision making. In contrast to common claims that a lack of access to EU institutions makes such groups powerless, it is argued here that the exclusion of large opposing societal groups from consultations is neither a quick nor a sure fire recipe for dismantling opposition. On the contrary, it politicises the process and may lead to opposing groups mobilising in more contentious ways.

Keywords:Framing, Political opportunity structures, Liberalisation, Sevices in the internal market, Trade unions, emailed, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L241 European Union Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:07 Jan 2014 11:05

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