The European Community Social Charter and Labour Market Regulation

Paul Teague, John Grahl

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The market orientation of the 1992 European Community programme has given way to a range of other projects involving institutional integration. Issues such as European Monetary Union and the EC Social Charter now dominate the Community’s policy agenda. Inducing this shift from ‘negative’ to ‘positive’ integration was a growing realisation that institutional interventions are required to secure and coordinate the integration process. This paper examines the nature of the EC Social Charter as a positive coordination mechanism. First the controversies surrounding the adoption of the Charter are outlined. Then an appraisal is made of how the clauses of the Charter’s accompanying action programme and recently published draft Directives affect existing national systems of labour market regulation. The conclusion is that although the Charter does not constitute a move towards a harmonised employment regime, it is a serious attempt to bring about greater coherence in Community labour markets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-232
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Public Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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