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 13 Issue 4, Winter 2007

Since we introduced non-thematic or ‘open’ issues of Transfer three years ago the Editorial Committee has had an ongoing debate as to whether we should continue with this new system. We were not sure whether the new system was actually an improvement and wheth- er we had succeeded in our aim of opening up the journal to more potential authors. At our meeting in September 2007 in Manchester we finally decided to continue to publish one non-thematic issue each year. Our decision was largely based on our experience with this issue: the articles are all highly relevant to trade unions and European policy-making, and they are of a good academic quality without being oriented towards a narrow and purely academic discourse.

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