12 November:  We celebrate the publication of Madelaine Moore's book Wellsprings of Resistance - Struggles over water in Europe. In addition to Madelaine Moore (University of Kassel), the speakers include Pablo Sánchez Centellas (EPSU) and Imre Szabó (UCD). The event is moderated by Federico Tomasone (Rosa Luxembourg Foundation) and topped off by a wine reception.

Everybody is very welcome! Free tickets here, or email See also the event on Facebook.

Wellsprings of resistance - poster
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28-30 October:  The ERC team held a public workshop at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (Italy) in conjunction with the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS). The team discussed their first project findings with S. Bartolini, B. Laffan, P. Schmitter, A. Héritier (EUI); G. Meardi, L. Cini (SNS); M. Dawson (Hertie School); and D. Sacchetto (University of Padova).

Everybody is very welcome! Please register here.

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UCD ERC Team, Prof Guglielmo Meardi (SNS), Prof Adrienne Héritier (EUI), and the EUI Researchers at the ERC Workshop in Florence.

17 October:  Moderated by Marie Moran, director of the UCD Equality Studies Centre, Jörg Nowak discussed the paper How the rich countries rule and why the third world can never catch up  by Samuel King. Samuel is an independent researcher at the Victoria University, Melbourne (Australia).

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3 October:  Darragh Golden was invited to talk about 'Fair remuneration and European economic governance'  (Giusta retribuzione e governance economica europea) at the conference 'La Giusta Retribuzione' at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). The conference marked the International Labour Organization's 100th anniversary.

19 September:  Vincenzo Maccarrone questioned at the NERI Monthly Seminar in Dublin: Is the European Semester Really Being Socialised? Rethinking the European Union's New Economic Governance Regime and Labour Politics  (see Working Paper 7).

17 September:  Roland Erne was a panel member in the DBEI ILO NUI Conference 'Marking the Centenary of the International Labour Organisation - The Declaration of Philadelphia Revisited'. Other conference speakers in Dublin Castle included Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland; Guy Ryder, ILO Director General; Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business; Danny McCoy, CEO Ibec; Patricia King, ICTU Secretary General; and Virginia Doellgast from our partner university Cornell in Ithaca, NY.

Imre Szabó was invited to talk about Changing patterns of labor unrest in Europe: Has the public sector become the new center of class conflict?  at the The Political Economy of Public Sector Wage Setting in Europe Conference hosted by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne (Germany).

7 September:  Imre Szabó and Darragh Golden presented on EU Governance and Trade Union-Social Movement Coalitions: Explaining the Unequal Success of the 'Right2Water' and the 'Fair Transport' European Citizens' Initiatives  at the ECPR General Conference at the University of Wroclaw (Poland).

6 September:  Roland Erne and Vincenzo Maccarrone outlined European integration and the commodification of labour market institutions. A comparative analysis of recent EU interventions in Italy, Ireland and Switzerland  at the ILERA European Congress at the University of Düsseldorf (Germany).

30 August:  Imre Szabó, Darragh Golden, Sabina Stan and Roland Erne took part in the ISA RC19 Annual Conference at the University of Mannheim (Germany). Their papers investigate the European governance in the water, transport, and healthcare sector, respectively (our Working Papers 4, 5, and 6). 

14 June:  Sabina Stan participated in the first regional workshop of the joint HOSPEEM-EPSU 2019-20 EU-funded project 'Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the East, South and Central Europe' in Bucharest (Romania). This workshop concerned Eastern Europe.

12 June:  Roland Erne closed the UCD Spring Seminar Series with the question:The Multinational Firm - The Archetype for the New EU Governance Regime? 

5 June:  Sabina Stan and Imre Szabó organised a fringe meeting at the 10th EPSU Congress in Dublin. Darragh Golden moderated their discussion with Clivia Conrad (ver.di, Germany) and Razvan Gae (Sanitas, Romania) on Trade Union Perspectives on the EU's New Economic Governance in Healthcare and Water Services.

EPSU Fringe Meeting Poster
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30 May:  Martin SEELEIB-KAISER from University of Tübingen (Germany) covered EU Citizenship, Freedom of Movement and Social Protection  in the fourth UCD Spring Seminar. 

Darragh Golden presented the co-authored article in the British Journal of Industrial Relations  at the European Studies Centre Deakin Fellow Conference 'Trade Unions, Democracy and Political Power in Europe' at the University of Oxford (UK).

15 May:  The third event of the UCD Spring Seminar Series opened the floor to Nicolas JABKO from John Hopkins University Baltimore (USA), who talked about Contested Governance - The New Repertoire of the Eurozone Crisis  (article here).

The seminars will take place at 12:00pm in the Quinn School, room Q233, except on 30 May at 13:00 in Q011.

All are very welcome! Please email to secure your place.

4 May:  Vincenzo Maccarrone presented on The new European economic governance and its impact on national industrial relations at the Historical Materialism Conference in Athens (Greece).

Programme Historical Materialism Conference 2019
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2 May:  Our two ERC PhD students presented at the annual UCD Graduate Research Student Symposium. The symposium is an opportunity for early and advanced stage students to present their research as well as for the Schools of Social Sciences & Law and Business to 'show-case' the rich variety in their graduate research. Costanza Galanti inquired about Healthcare and domestic care workers of Europe unite? Transnational solidarity under European new economic governance. Mary Naughton portrayed The EU's new economic governance and healthcare unions.

Programme UCD PhD Symposium 2019
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2 April:  Sabina Stan presented on the Impact of European policies on the privatisation of healthcare at the conference 'Our Health Is Not For Sale! How to prevent health commercialisation and privatisation at EU level?'. The conference was live-streamed from the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium). Full conference brochure here.

Stan (2019) The impact of EU policies on the privatisation of healthcare
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'Our Health Is Not For Sale' Poster
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20 March:  Our second guest, Christian JOERGES from Hertie School of Governance Berlin (Germany), outlined that "Das Recht hört hier auf" (The Law Runs Out Here) - European Law after the Turn to New Modes of Economic Governance.

6 March:  The first invited speaker of our UCD Spring Seminar Series, Alexandra KAASCH from Bielefeld University (Germany), presented on European Health Policies in a Global Social Policy Context.

The seminars will take place at 12:00pm in the Quinn School, room Q233, except the seminar on 30 May at 13:00. 

All are very welcome! Please email to secure your place.


13 December:  Roland Erne outlined the ERC project at the UCD Geary Research Day 2018.

Geary Research Day Poster
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11 October:  We hosted an international public seminar on the special issue 24-2, 2018 of the Sage journal Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research  entitled Trade unions and the polity: agendas and alliances.

UCD/ETUI public seminar - Trade unions and the polity: agendas and alliances
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19 September:  Imre Szabó was invited to present on The changing balance of collective agreements and statutory management in public service employment relations - European comparison at the conference Future of the Labour Law in Miskolc (Hungary).

11 September:  Roland Erne was invited as keynote speaker at the Industrial Relations in Europe Conference IREC 2018 in Leuven (Belgium, 10-12 September). The ERC project team delivered first research findings in two panels

6 September:  Roland Erne was invited as keynote speaker to open the conference La fin d'un monde? Salariat, sundicats et politiques du travail face aux réformes libérales of the Association Francaise de Sociologie (AFS) in Paris (France).

17/19 July:  Roland Erne and Sabina Stan presented two papers at the International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology 2018 in Toronto (Canada). The papers viewed From Horizontal Market Integration to Vertical Integration Effected through the Direct Surveillance of Member States. Labour Movements and the EU's New Economic Governance Regime  (17 Jul) and dealt with Migration, Access to Health and EU's New Economic Governance Regime  (19 Jul).

14 June:  Roland Erne and Jamie Jordan introduced the project at the UCD HRM & Employment Relations Research Seminar in the UCD Smurfit School of Business: Labour Politics and the EU's New Economic Governance Regime.

UCD HRM & ER presentation
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10 May:  Roland Erne presented on collective bargaining in the EU at the Unite the UNION Ireland seminar Bargaining for Progress: Collective bargaining in Ireland - realities, aspirations and workers' rights.

Collective Bargaining in the EU
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13 March:  We celebrated publicly the start of the project at our ERC Public Launch Event.

One of the world's leading scholars in European Union studies and comparative labour politics, Philippe C. Schmitter, from the European University Institute in Florence, delivered a thought-provoking keynote speech. Lisa O'Neill performed live three labour-related songs. Cooking for the end of Direct Provision, OurTable refreshed our numerous guests with delicious food and drinks. 

ERC Launch Poster
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(Andy Storey mentions OurTable in his article about Direct Provision in Ireland.)


14/15 June:  We hosted a UCD Jean Monnet Chair Lunchtime Seminar Series.

Jamie Jordan

University of Nottingham

Global Restructuring & Resistance

Labour Politics & the Euro Zone Crisis in Portugal & Greece

15 June 2017

Rolle Alho

University of Jyväskylä

Inclusion or Exclusion?

Trade Union Strategies and Labour Migration

14 June 2017

Stefano Gasparri

Warwick Business School

Between institutions and movements

Comparing union strategies in fashion retail in Italy and US

14 June 2017