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.


Key findings:

Erne et al. 2024 (forthcoming) Politicising Commodification. European Governance and Labour Politics from the Financial Crisis to the Covid Emergency. Cambridge University Press. Download open access here.

Golden & Erne 2022 Ryanair pilots: Unlikely pioneers of transnational collective action European Journal of Industrial Relations 28(4)

Naughton 2022 Mobilising societal power: Understanding public support for nursing strikes Industrial Relations Journal 53(2)



"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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