Until the financial crisis of 2008, European labour politics has mainly been shaped by horizontal EU market integration through the free movement of goods, capital, services and people. Since 2011, the latter has been complemented by vertical EU integration through the direct surveillance of EU member states. The resulting new economic governance regime of the EU opens contradictory possibilities for labour movements and the European integration process.

Invitation to 'authors meet critics' conference:

Dublin, Royal Irish Academy - 5 Sep 2024, 16:00-19:00 - with

Andreas Bieler, Claire Kilpatrick, Angela Wigger and Michael Zürn.

Welcome address: Imelda Maher, Vice President, Royal Irish Academy.

Esther Lynch, ETUC General Secretary, will map the book’s relevance for European industrial relations practitioners.

Just published:

Politicising Commodification 

Roland Erne, Sabina Stan, Darragh Golden, Imre Szabó and Vincenzo Maccarrone


Cambridge University Press, 2024

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This European Research Council project explores the challenges and possibilities that the EU's new economic governance regime poses to labour politics, social justice, and democracy in Europe.



Roland Erne

Professor of European Integration and Employment Relations, University College Dublin

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