This comprehensive study of the Great Recession and its consequences provides comparative analyses of the extent to which social concertation between government, unions, and employers varied over time and across European countries.

This edited volume – a collaboration of international country experts – includes eight in-depth country case studies and analysis of European-level social dialogue. Further comparisons explore whether social concertation followed economic necessity, was dependent on political factors, or rather resulted from labour’s power resources. The importance of social partners’ involvement is again evident during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Examining contemporary crises, the book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of public and social policies, comparative political economy, and industrial relations – and more broadly to those following European and EU politics.

part I|50 pages

Concertation during times of crisis

chapter 1|21 pages


Studying social concertation in Europe
ByBernhard Ebbinghaus, J. Timo Weishaupt

chapter 2|27 pages

When governments include social partners in crisis corporatism

Comparing social concertation in Europe during the Great Recession
ByBenedikt Bender, Bernhard Ebbinghaus

part II|93 pages

Preventing a crisis through pragmatic crisis management

chapter 3|22 pages

Back to the future

Germany's turn to neo-corporatism in times of crisis
ByJ. Timo Weishaupt

chapter 4|20 pages

Wage autonomy, political reforms, and the absence of social pacts in Denmark

ByBjarke Refslund, Jens Lind

chapter 5|26 pages

Crisis management in the Netherlands

Social concertation and constructive opposition
ByMarc van der Meer, Anton Hemerijck, Johannes Karremans

chapter 6|23 pages

Unilateral crisis prevention and crumbling social partnership in Poland

ByJan Czarzasty, Adam Mrozowicki

part III|90 pages

The perils of concertation in austere crisis contexts

chapter 7|19 pages

The rise and fall of social partnership in Ireland

ByAidan Regan

chapter 9|25 pages

A biased pendulum

Italy's oscillations between concertation and disintermediation
ByArianna Tassinari, Stefano Sacchi

chapter 10|23 pages

The crisis and the changing nature of political exchange in Slovenia

ByMiroslav Stanojević, Alenka Krašovec

part IV|59 pages

Crisis concertation in European perspective

chapter 11|25 pages

Conflict or cooperation?

Explaining the European Commission's and social partners' preferences for low-level social dialogue
ByVincent Lindner

chapter 12|17 pages

Social concertation at a crossroad

Crisis corporatism or corporatism in crisis?
ByBernhard Ebbinghaus, J. Timo Weishaupt

chapter 13|15 pages


Social partnership facing the 2020 coronavirus pandemic
ByBernhard Ebbinghaus, J. Timo Weishaupt