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Max Koch

Max Koch

Professor

Max Koch

The State in European Employment Regulation

Author

  • Max Koch

Summary, in English

The aim of the paper is to examine the changing role of the state in employment regulation in an environment that has become more market-driven and Europeanised since the introduction of the European Monetary Union (EMU) and the European Employment Strategy (EES). The point of departure is a general discussion of the role of the state in capitalist development and a review on the recent debate on the spatiality of state regulation. It further suggests different ways in which the state shapes employment relations along the following dimensions: as employer, as legislator, as guarantor of employment rights and procedural regulator, in intermediating neo-corporatist processes, in macro-economic management, and as a welfare state. From this theoretical basis, the paper identifies changes in state strategies within employment regulation by comparing two periods of European integration: the post-war period and the ongoing period after the introduction of the EMU and the EES. In conclusion, the paper asserts that there has been a transition in the ways the state ‘intervenes’ in the economy and shapes the different dimensions of employment relations from a governing and legislating towards a steering and advising mode.

Department/s

  • School of Social Work

Publishing year

2008

Language

English

Pages

255-272

Publication/Series

Revue Dintegration Europeenne

Volume

30

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Routledge

Topic

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • Employment
  • European Employment Strategy
  • European Monetary Union
  • State Theory
  • Socio-Economic Regulation
  • State

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0703-6337