The Blinken European Institute Presents: The Future of European Labor Relations

Tuesday, February 28, 2012  5:30pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


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The Blinken European Institute

Jelle Visser is Chair of Sociology of Labour and Organization at the University of Amsterdam. Professor Visser's talk on "European Labor Relations, the Euro, and State Intervention: The Decentralization Paradox" is part of the ongoing series "Bringing Back Political Economy: Europe, Ground Zero" co-sponsored by the Blinken European Institute and the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Despite efforts to enhance employer-government coordination and to strengthen social protection, the European labor movement remains weak. European decentralization and fragmentation have paradoxically increased the scope for EU- and state-based interventions in labor relations, while weakening intermediate, self-regulatory structures. Visser will argue that this outcome tends to weaken the moderate and pro-integration forces within the labor movement, and does nothing to alleviate intra-regional tensions.


  • Featured Speaker

    Jelle Visser

    Professor of Sociology, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies

    University of Amsterdam

  • Commentator

    Josh Whitford

    Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology

    Columbia University

  • Chair

    Michele Alacevich

    Assistant Professor of History and Director of Global Studies

    Loyola University, Maryland


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