chapter  6
The Social Structure of Organized Interests in the EU
ByMartin Seeliger
Pages 31

The subject of the study conducted here is the development and implementation of common positions among trade union organizations with regard to European collective bargaining. Scholars from the field (Höpner and Schäfer, 2010a; Scharpf, 2009a, 2012a) give reasons for skepticism regarding the emergence of common positions based on the institutional heterogeneity of the EU. As Kowalsky (2010, 139), an optimist, notes, it is necessary to counter such a “structuralist or deterministic view” by “recording that European initiatives that create conflicts have clear potential for politicization and thus also for change.” Within the framework of the study, the action-theoretical perspective is intended to raise awareness of the emergence of common political positions among organized trade union interests at the EU level.