© 2002

Employee relations in the periphery of Europe

The Unfolding Story of the European Social Model

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Emer O’Hagan
    Pages 1-5
  3. Emer O’Hagan
    Pages 95-133
  4. Emer O’Hagan
    Pages 134-169
  5. Emer O’Hagan
    Pages 211-222
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-265

About this book


This book examines the manner in which the EU affects employee relations systems in economically peripheral European countries, specifically Ireland and Hungary. It asks whether the EU offers peripheral countries the opportunity to modernise their industrial relations. The EU dynamically promotes core-like employee practices, and national actors energetically attempt to implement the prescribed initiatives, yet little success has been achieved in modernising production techniques in peripheral economies. O'Hagan argues that the EU implements an unofficial development policy which it pressurises States to adopt. These initiatives amount to the frequently referred to European Social Model (ESM), which, she argues, can cause difficulty for policy makers because it is ill-defined, vague and contradictory.


European Integration European social model European Union European Union (EU)

About the authors

EMER O'HAGAN is Research Fellow in the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research at Queen's University, Belfast. Previously she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Dublin City Business School.

Bibliographic information


'Emer O'Hagan provides a map through which we can negotiate the maze that surrounds the policy and practice of the EU. This is no mean feat, and as such her book is both useful and interesting.' - Irish Journal of Sociology