A Decade Beyond Maastricht: The European Social Dialogue Revisited
The eight outstanding authors who have collaborated in this endeavour represent the highest levels of interaction among scholars, social partners, and EU institutions involved in the European Social Dialogue. This book is the final product of their Brussels conference in October 2002, organised by the Social Law Department of Ghent University. Their deeply informed contributions respond to such probing questions as the following:
The discussions include incisive analyses of relevant law and legal theory¿pertinent EC Treaty provisions and directives, decisions of the Community¿s courts, existing and potential collective agreements¿as well as declarations of the social partners and from Community institutions. The text of the work programme drawn up by ETUC, UNICE, and CEEP in November 2002 is reproduced in full.
For all the contention it arouses, the European Social Dialogue has in fact achieved some real change in social policy and holds great promise for the future. This important book serves as a milestone that allows all concerned practitioners, academics, and policy makers to measure what we have accomplished and to identify the elements we must concentrate upon to ensure continuing progress.
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