Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.

Volume 17 Issue 2, May 2011

The European integration process predominantly follows the principle of ‘negative’ integration, which gives market-creating policies priority over market-correcting initiatives. However – and the persistent asymmetry between economic and social integration notwithstanding – the scope for legislative activities and policy coordination at the EU level in the area of social and employment policies has been extended following successive amendments to the Treaties. While EU-level legislation providing for employee participation in aspects of workplace policies has been in place since the 1970s, since the mid-1990s this body of legislation and policy instruments has increased substantially.

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