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Public Service Management and Employment Relations in Europe

Emerging from the Crisis, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Bach, Lorenzo Bordogna


328 pages

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Has there been a transformation of public service employment relations in Europe since the crisis? Public Service Management and Employment Relations in Europe examines public service employment relations after the economic crisis, including analysis of more than thirty years of public service and workforce reform, and addresses the interplay between an emerging post-crisis public service sector and the consequences for the state, employers and trade unions in core public services.

Written by leading national experts, this book places the economic crisis in a longer timeframe and examines how far trends in public sector employment relations were reinforced or reversed by the crisis. It provides an up-to-date analysis of the restructuring of public service employment relations in 12 major European countries, including analysis of little studied central and Eastern European countries.

This book will be vital reading for researchers, academics and PhD Students in the fields of Public Management, Public Administration, Employment Relations, and Human Resource Management.


"The dynamics of employment relations in the wake of the financial crisis have become an issue of major political and social concern, nowhere more than so than in the public sector. As this outstanding collection of essays from leading scholars in the field demonstrates, public service employment relations in Europe have been profoundly influenced by the crisis, but in divergent, distinctive and quite different ways. By comparing and contrasting the experience of European countries, this book lays out the challenges facing policy-makers, public managers and employees as they seek to make sense of the new post-crisis environment. Highly recommended."Rhys Andrews, Cardiff University, UK

"… we highly recommend this volume to everyone interested in the public sector and its employment relations, in particular to all scholars, practitioners and politicians who like to think beyond ‘national boxes’ and are interested in evidence-based substantiation of their decisions on the public sector." - Werner Schmidt and Andrea Mu¨ ller, Research Institute for Work, Technology and Culture, Tu¨bingen, Transfer: The European Review of Labour and Research

"This is a terrific book. Anyone interested in developments in labor relations or political economy in the public sector in Europe and elsewhere will want to read it." - Harry C. Katz, Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining, Director, Scheinman Institute, ILR School, Cornell University

Table of Contents

1. Emerging From the Crisis: The Transformation of Public Sector Employment Relations?

Stephen Bach and Lorenzo Bordogna

2. Greece

Public Service Employment Relations: Adjustment and Reforms

Christos A. Ioannou

3. Spain

Rationalization without Modernization: Public Service Employment Relations under Austerity

Oscar Molina

4. Italy

The Uncertainties of Endless Reform: Which Public Service Employment Relations after Austerity?

Lorenzo Bordogna

5. France

The Crisis Speeds Up Public Service Reform and Adjustment

Catherine Vincent

6. Britain

Contracting the State: Public Service Employment Relations in a Period of Crisis

Stephen Bach

7. The Netherlands

The Economic Crisis Spurs Public Service and Employment Relations Reform

Peter Leisink

8. Germany

Retrenchment before the Great Recession and its Lasting Consequences

Berndt Keller

9. Denmark and Sweden

The Consequences of Public Service Reform and Economic Crisis for Public Service Employment Relations

Mikkel Mailand and Nana Wesley Hansen

10. Hungary

Public Service Management and Employment Relations in Europe: Emerging from the Crisis?

Imre Szabó

11. Czechia and Slovakia

Facing Austerity through Collective Action: Economic Crisis and Public Service Employment Relations

Marta Kahancová and Monika Martišková

About the Editors

Stephen Bach is Professor of Employment Relations at King’s College London, UK.

Lorenzo Bordogna is Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Milan, Italy.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities