First published in 1999, this volume evaluates the context, role and development of EWCs through eight case studies and asks whether EWCs will promote the Europeanisation of Industrial relations. The EWCs were the first European institution in the field of social policy and went far beyond simply requiring national implementation of a common framework. They were innovative in their requirements for a judicious blend of subsidiarity, shared responsibility and flexibility. This study represents the culmination of research carried out between September 1996 and September 1997 and sets out to anchor a number of qualitative case-studies in a systematic, nationally comparative approach.

part I


chapter 1|10 pages

Scope and Method of the Research

part II|1 pages

The Context for the Development of European Works Councils

part III|1 pages

Industrial Relations in Western Europe

part IV|1 pages

Eight Case Studies on the Establishment of European Works Councils