Interest Representation and Europeanization of Trade Unions from EU Member States of the Eastern Enlargement

Edited by Christin Landgraf and Heiko Pleines

ibidem Press

Interest Representation and Europeanization of Trade Unions from EU Member States of the Eastern Enlargement

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Pub Date: May 2015

ISBN: 9783838207445

248 Pages

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Interest Representation and Europeanization of Trade Unions from EU Member States of the Eastern Enlargement

Edited by Christin Landgraf and Heiko Pleines

ibidem Press

This book examines the integration of trade unions from the six biggest countries of the EU's Eastern enlargement of EU governance structures. Based on more than 150 in-depth interviews, comprehensive data, document research, and eight detailed case studies, contributions describe the activities and perceptions of the trade unions under investigation and different levels of engagement, including European umbrella organizations, interregional cooperation, and European Works Councils. The book contributes to political science research on interest representation and Europeanization, as well as sociological research on labor relations.
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Preface
Introduction
Analytical Framework
1. Research Questions and Research Context, by Christin Landgraf and Heiko Pleines
2. Research Design, by Heiko Pleines
3. Trade Unions and Industrial Relations in the EU Member States of Eastern Enlargement, by Klaus Henning
Part I: Forms of International Cooperation
4. Not Dominant but Existent. Involvement of Trade Unions from EU Member States of Eastern Enlargement in European Trade Union Federations, by Klaus Henning
5. EU-Level Activities of Trade Unions from the New EU Member States, by Christin Landgraf
6. Trade Unions from the New EU Member States that Are in Multilateral Cooperation. The Example of the Vienna Memorandum Group, by Christin Landgraf and Zdenka Mansfeldova
7. European Works Councils in Poland and the Europeanization of the NSZZ Solidarnosc Trade Union, by Karoline Mis
Part II: Selected Country Studies
8. The Europeanization of Bulgarian Trade Unions. Achievements and Challenges, by Vassil Kirov
9. Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Czech Trade Unions in Domestic and European Arenas, by Zdenka Mansfeldova
10. Hungarian Trade Unions in EU Multilevel Governance. Interest Representation and Europeanisation, by Christin Landgraf
Part III: Case Studies
11. The Integration of the Bulgarian Trade Union Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria (CITUB) into European Union Governance Structures, by Vassil Kirov
12. The Czech Metalworkers' Federation OS KOVO in Domestic and European Arenas, by Zdenka Mansfeldova
13. Different Faces of Europeanization. The Case of NSZZ Solidarnosc, by Aleksandra Lis
14. European Governance and the Romanian Cartel Alfa Trade Union Confederation, by Leyla Safta-Zecheria
15. Slovak Trade Unions between the European Union and the Enterprise Level. A Case Study of OZ KOVO, by Monika Cambalikova
Conclusion
16. Conclusion, by Christin Landgraf and Heiko Pleines
About the Authors

About the Author

Christin Landgraf researches political communication at the Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Heiko Pleines is head of the Department of Politics and Economics at the Research Centre for East European Studies and lecturer in comparative politics, University of Bremen, Germany.