Until recently, European labour politics has mainly been shaped by horizontal EU market integration through the free movement of goods, capital, services and people. After 2011, the latter has been complemented by vertical EU integration through the direct surveillance of EU member states. The resulting new EU governance regime opens contradictory possibilities for labour movements in Europe.


European trade unions play a major role in democratic interest intermediation. This role is currently threatened by the increasingly authoritarian strain in EU's new economic governance.


Applications closed.

However, we will advertise 3 fully-funded 4-year-long PhD scholarships in the field shortly.

"This European Research Council project aims to explore the challenges and possibilities that the new EU governance regime poses to labour politics and the methodological nationalism in the field." Roland Erne

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