Posted Work in the European Union
The Political Economy of Free Movement
Focusing on posting of workers, where workers employed in one country are send to work in another country, this edited volume is at the nexus of industrial relations and European Union studies. The central aim is to understand how the regulatory regime of worker "posting" is driving institutional changes to national industrial relations systems. In the introduction, the editors develop a framework for understanding the relationship of supra-national EU regulation, transnational actors and national industrial relations systems, which we then apply in the empirical chapters. This unique volume brings together scholars from diverse academic fields, all of whom are experts on the topic of "worker posting." The book examines different aspects of the posting debate, including the interactions of actors such as labour inspectorates, trade unions, European legal/political regulators, manpower firms, transnational subcontractors and posted workers.
The main objective of this book is to explore the dynamics of institutional change, by showing how trans- and supra-national dynamics affect European industrial relations systems. This volume will represent the "state of the art" in research on worker posting. It will also contribute to debates on European integration, social dumping, labour market dualization and precariousness and will be of value to those with an interest employment relations, law and regulation.
Jens Arnholtz received his PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. He is now an Associate Professor at the Employment Relations Research Center (FAOS) at that department.
Nathan Lillie is Professor of Social and Public Policy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
"This edited volume is a much-needed contribution from leading scholars that addresses key contradictions of free movement of labour within the European single market from the perspective of a critical political economy of regulation. In so doing, it breaks new ground and repositions previously disparate disciplinary preoccupations. As such, it will be a key reference for those interested in industrial relations, labour law and regulation theory, as well as for policy-makers and practitioners at national and European level concerned with the increasingly contentious labour market implications of the cross-border movement of migrant workers." –Charles Woolfson, Linköping University, Sweden
"Posted workers are the critical test of free movement of workers, and thereby of the whole EU project. This book provides the ultimate analysis of a phenomenon that is still not clearly understood, and does not refrain from providing sharp policy recommendations." –Guglielmo Meardi, University of Warwick, UK