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Europaeische Interessenvertretung – eine Frage der nationalen Kultur? (European Collective Bargaining – a Question of Overcoming National Cultures?)

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  • Stefanie Huertgen
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    Im folgenden Artikel wird der verbreiteten These widersprochen, eine Europaeisierung von Arbeitnehmervertretung scheitere zuvorderst an nationalkulturellen Divergenzen. Statt wissenschaftlich aufgefundene Deutungsmuster europaeischer Akteure analytisch v.a. auf je nationale Kulturen zurueckzufuehren, wie es die hier kritisierten Autoren (Klemm/Kraetsch/Weyand) vorschlagen, wird im Artikel dafuer plaediert, auch in den soziologischen Betrachtungen Europaeisierung als „Mehrebenenprozess“ zu verstehen, der die nationale Ebene zwar in „wettbewerbsstaatlicher“ Form befestigt, aber gerade deswegen zugleich auch lokale und transnationale (europaeische) Handlungsdynamiken aufwertet. In der Konsequenz ist nicht nur der Kulturbegriff neu zu bestimmen und die selbstverstaendliche Voraussetzung einer nationalen Kultur zu kritisieren, sondern vor allem muessen, wie im Artikel beispielhaft skizziert, Deutungsmuster und Vorstellungsweisen von z. B. Euro-Betriebsraeten auch als Bestandteil einer transnationalen (europaeischen) Auseinandersetzung begriffen werden, die ihrerseits derzeit in stark verbetrieblichter Form verlaeuft. (This article discusses challenges the widespread thesis that the effective Europeanisation of workers representation is above all limited to national cultural differences. Instead of explaining, for example, the statements of European Works Council for instance EWC-members only solely within the framework of national thinking and traditions, as do the authors criticised in this article (Klemm/Kraetsch/Weyand) do, this paper proposes the proposition here is to use the concept of Europeanisation as a multi-level-process also for sociological analysis. In this multi-level-process, the national level is on one hand strengthened, due owing to an integration modus of economic competition between states-versus-state competition, which affects the dynamics ofon the other both hand along with this competitive form of integration the impact of subnational and transnational (European) dynamics increasesnegotiations. As a result, this article questions the apparently self-evident assumption of the that cultural culture is above as first of all nationally given determined, and it proposes has to be criticized in favour of a broader discussion about of the concept of culture. But above all, As this article seeks to show, the conceptions and ideas of European stuffemployee -representatives have, as this article tries to exemplify, to be conceived seen as an integral part of an transnational (European) social conflict, which itself is often carried out in a decentralised formmanner.)

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    Volume (Year): 18 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 315-335

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:indbez:doi_10.1688/1862-0035_indb_2011_04_huertgen

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    Keywords: European bargaining; Eastern Europe; solidarity; trade unions; European Work Councils;

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