Delivering a Community Employment Law: A Tale of Two Mechanisms

77 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2007 Last revised: 29 Oct 2014

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Gavin Barrett

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

Date Written: June 2007

Abstract

Although much of the present-day focus on governance in the social policy field tends to focus on "new" methods of governance such as the Open Method of Coordination, more well-established instruments of governance continue to merit our attention. This paper focuses on two instruments of classic Community governance in the social policy field - viz., the use of the social dialogue and classic Community legislation. The paper begins with some useful context-setting by discussing the elusive consensus that has surrounded Community social policy, a reality which has presented both difficulties and opportunities. The so-called process of 'bargaining in the shadow of the law' is then examined - in other words, the evolving role of social dialogue in Community social policy. The deployment of the classic "Community method" is also looked at, with various reflections offered on the experience of one prominent example of legislation in the social policy field - the Acquired Rights Directive. Finally some reflections on national implementation of Directives are offered, based on study of the Irish Implementation of the Acquired Rights Directive - reflections which may be of value in considering the true worth not only of classic Community legislation but also that of the social dialogue process when this gives rise to Community directives.

Keywords: social policy, community governance, social dialogue, community legislation, Acquired Rights Directive

JEL Classification: K31

Suggested Citation

Barrett, Gavin Michael, Delivering a Community Employment Law: A Tale of Two Mechanisms (June 2007). CLPE Research Paper No. 19/2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=996087 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.996087

Gavin Michael Barrett (Contact Author)

Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin ( email )

Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

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