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The Dynamics of Wage Relations in the New Europe

Clarke, Linda, de Gijsel, Peter, Janssen, Jörn (Eds.)

2000, XII, 351 p.

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he debate on 'The Dynamics of Wage Relations in the New Europe' is an T offspring of a research project on 'Disparities in Wage Relations and the Reproduction of Skills in Europe'. At a meeting of the advisory committee for this research held at the University of Westminster in London on 14th November 1994, it was decided (by Linda Clarke,]orn]anssen, Henryk Lewandowski, Philippe Mehaut, Patrick Rozenblatt and Frank Wilkinson) to set up a larger international committee to develop a programme and seek funding from the European Commission for a symposium of experts on wage relations. This committee of ten scientific experts was formed and invited to a number of meetings throughout 1995 and 1996 by DG V of the European Commission in order to develop a programme and proposal for a symposium to take place in 1997. Eventually the proposal, formally submitted by University of Westminster/London, University ofMaastrichti Netherlands, Fachhochschule Dortmund/Germany and University of Osnabriick/ Germany was accepted by the European Commission in May 1996. Additional funding was then obtained from the Hans-Bockler-Stiftung and the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research allowing, in particular, participants from Central and East European countries to be invited. The subject of wage relations, as a central issue of European social policy, was intended to be tackled in an open debate between scientists and policy makers, the latter as individual experts rather than representatives.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Eastern Europe - European Union (EU) - Unions - competition - deregulation - labour market - paraplupub - regulation

Related subjects » Industrial Organization - International Economics / European Integration - Labor Economics

Table of contents 

Abbreviations. List of tables. List of figures. Preface. General Introduction. Wage relations and European wage policy; L. Clarke, et al. Part 1: The regulation of wages in the European states. Introduction. The transformation of wage labour and the state; J. Janssen. The national and EU-state in the regulation of wages and the composition of the wage package; G. Széll. Discussion. The historical process of wage information. Legal origins of wage labour: the evolution of the contract of employment from industrialisation to the welfare state; S. Deakin. Changing wage orders: France 1900-1995; J. Saglio. Discussion. The composition of the wage package. The anatomy of labour cost; J. Edling. Social security contributions, earmarked taxes and wage earner savings in the financing of social protection: a comparison of the British and French systems; B. Friot. A financial reform of the welfare system: reforms are overdue; C. Schnabel. Discussion. The transformation of wage relations in Central and Eastern Europe. Negotiated wage growth in Hungary; L. Héthy. The wage crunch in Central and Eastern Europe: past effects and future risks; D. Vaughan-Whitehead. Discussion. General debate. Conclusions. Part 2: Wage forms, the reproduction of labour and living standards. Introduction. Disparities in wage relations and social reproduction; L. Clarke. Social reproduction and the labour process. Occupational and wage hierarchies: an historic turning point; P. Rozenblatt. Wages systems and social systems; M. Bolle de Bal. Discussion. The reproduction of labour. Wages and living standards in the Central and East European countries; I. Ékes. Migrant labour and equal pay for equal work in Europe; E.Gross. Discussion. The reproduction of the social structure. Wages as a reflection of socially embedded production and reproduction processes; A. Picchio. The restructuring of the family wage system, wage relations and gender; I. Bruegel. Recent changes in wage forms and the reproduction of the social structure: the underlying issues; P. Concialdi. Discussion. General debate and conclusions. Part 3: Competition, the market and changes in work organisation. Introduction. Welfare effects of market deregulation and changing work organisation &endash; some unresolved issues; P. de Gijsel. Deregulation and labour market performance. The impact of labour market regulation on economic performance: a review; B. Enjolras. Systemic competition between high and low `social cost' labour: a case study of the UK construction industry; M. Harvey. Increasing competition and changing work organisation. Cooperation, the organisation of work and competitiveness; F. Wilkinson. Alternative work systems and the competitive process; S.J. Konzelmann, A.M. Birecree. Post-Fordism and managerial strategies in France; T. Coutrot. Pay structure and competitiveness; P. Jansen. Summary of the discussion; P. de Gijsel. Index. Contributors.

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