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Workers, Citizens, Governance

Socio-Cultural Innovation at Work

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Francesco Garibaldo, Mirella Baglioni, Catherine Casey and Volker Telljohann

This book pursues principal aims. First it describes and reviews current concerns in regard to the conditions of labour markets, production organizations, working conditions, and industrial and employment relations. Prominent among these concerns are the crisis in trade unions and in democratic labour market institutions, and the rise of what many critics regard as technocratic administrative powers in the displacement of democratic practices. Furthermore the book explores aspects of the search for socio-cultural innovation in the wide areas of work, industrial, organizational, management, and employment relations. It therefore deals with participatory democratic practices in the world of work and production, with citizenship, social cohesion, wider participation in education and training, as well as with cultural interests in identity, solidarity and non-market values.

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Identity, Solidarity and Non-Market Values. Prospects for Social Democracy in Europe?Valeria Pulignano

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181 Identity, Solidarity and Non-Market Values. Prospects for Social Democracy in Europe? Valeria Pulignano 1. Introduction In current years, the terms Europeanization has acquired widespread importance. It refers to a tendency “in which there is discernible movement with common policies leading to common outcomes achieved by common processes” (Sisson and Marginson, 2004: 8). Thereby, from an industrial relations point of view Eu- ropeanization denotes the tendency to create European-level institutions in in- dustrial relations for labour market regulation, which would accompany the pro- cess of creation of a social dimension in Europe, what has been labeled as the European Social Model, which is seen as traditionally counterbalancing the eco- nomic rationale of the process of European regional integration. On the other hand, however, some commentators have emphasized the exis- tence of a fundamental discrepancy within the process of European economic integration between ‘market correcting’ (social protection) and ‘market making’ (economic protection) measures (Streeck, 1995). Accordingly, Scharpf (2002; 2010) argues that the process of European integration has created a ‘constitu- tional asymmetry’ between policies promoting market efficiencies on one hand – what we call ‘market-values’- and policies promoting social protection, equality and social participationon the other hand – what we refer to as ‘non-market val- ues’- with the former having as a tendency the primate on the latter. This argu- ment is made while referring to the apparently ‘flexible’ and ‘neo-liberal’ new regulatory style of governance within the EU, which risks to underpin the evolu- tion to the European social policy. There is...

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