Tuesday, February 05, 2013



IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

Social and employment policies for a fair and competitive Europe - Background paper
[full-text, 20 pages




This background paper will first briefly outline the current social and economic situation in Europe. It will then provide the essential case for Economic and Monetary Union and the dilemma it poses for the wider economic governance of relevance for what we know as Social Europe. This dilemma is essentially about the concept of political sovereignty in the context of the international economy – in terms of the European Union, but more fundamentally in the age of globalisation. It goes on to indicate what further economic and political integration may be required to maintain the euro. It then briefly suggests the implications of the global competitive challenges and the requirements of economic governance in Europe for the 'European Social Model' as an introduction to the subject matter of the Foundation Forum 2013, namely social and employment policies for a fair and competitive Europe.





1. Introduction

2. The current social and economic situation in Europe

3. Towards a genuine Economic and Monetary Union?

4. How much economic union does monetary union need?

5. How much political union does economic and monetary union need?

6. Social policy, fiscal discipline and global competitiveness

7. Towards social and employment policies for a fair and competitive Europe




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