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Social dialogue under the shadow of the EU: the failure of Hollande's social conferences

Parsons, Nick 2019. Social dialogue under the shadow of the EU: the failure of Hollande's social conferences. French Politics 17 (2) , pp. 135-158. 10.1057/s41253-019-00085-7

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Annual tripartite social conferences were introduced in France in 2012, pre-empting EU ambitions to reinvigorate the social dialogue at EU and national levels. Despite some successes, they did not live up to their ambitions to elicit consensus and give trade unions a voice in policymaking due to: opposition to, and protest against, government policy from some unions; the avoidance of discussion on contentious legislation; and the constraints of the Country Specific Recommendations arising out of the European Semester. The French experience of social dialogue suggests that the chances of the EU achieving its ambition of building consensus over economic and social reform through reinvigorating the social dialogue appear slim.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)
ISSN: 1476-3419
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 March 2019
Date of Acceptance: 14 March 2019
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 22:11

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