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European Integration and Path Dependence: Explaining the Evolution of EU Social Policy

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  • Dimitris Tsarouhas

    (Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara)

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This paper argues that explaining the development of EU social policy requires an understanding of the role of European business. It asserts that EU social policy remains dependent on the willingness of economic actors, centred on the European Roundtable of Industrialists and UNICE, to facilitate steps towards a more cohesive social policy framework. The paper shows the path dependent nature of the EU integration process and the limited ability of European trade unions to reach far-reaching agreements with employers on the basis of the latterÕs powerful position as the instigator of the EUÕs revival in the 1980s.

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  • Dimitris Tsarouhas, 2005. "European Integration and Path Dependence: Explaining the Evolution of EU Social Policy," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 3(Winter), pages 87-111.
  • Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:3:y:2005-2006:i:winter:p:87-111
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    Keywords

    business interests; European integration; institutions; social policy;

    JEL classification:

    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M21 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - Business Economics

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