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Trade Unions, Lisbon and Europe 2020: From Dream to Nightmare


  • Richard Hyman


On 24 November 2009 the European Commission published its consultation paper on the EU 2020 strategy. This paper analyses European trade union responses, and contrasts the very limited participation in the exercise with the greater response to the Green Paper Modernising Labour Law three years earlier. It argues that a key explanation is growing trade union disenchantment with the evolution of the 2000 Lisbon Strategy – embraced remarkably uncritically at the time – as it developed over the subsequent decade. In effect, the neoliberal implications of European integration have become increasingly unencumbered by any pretence at a ‘social dimension’. It is far from clear that trade unions have as yet a strategy to respond to the far harsher European policy environment.

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  • Richard Hyman, 2011. "Trade Unions, Lisbon and Europe 2020: From Dream to Nightmare," LEQS – LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series 45, European Institute, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:eiq:eileqs:45

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    1. Scharpf, Fritz W., 2002. "The European Social Model: Coping with the challenges of diversity," MPIfG Working Paper 02/8, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
    2. Hyman, Richard, 2005. "Trade unions and the politics of the European social model," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 753, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    3. Mary Daly, 2006. "EU Social Policy after Lisbon," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 44, pages 461-481, September.
    4. Richard Hyman, 2010. "Trade Unions and ‘Europe’: Are the Members out of Step?," LEQS – LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series 14, European Institute, LSE.
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    1. Sharon Bolton & Knut Laaser & Darren Mcguire, 2016. "Quality Work and the Moral Economy of European Employment Policy," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(3), pages 583-598, May.

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