After some fallow years there has recently been something of a revival of interest at the European Community level in the area of worker involvement and reform of corporate industrial relations structures. This revival, however, has highlighted the continuing fundamental difference of approach within the European Community about how social policy and industrial relations matters should proceed. In the early 1990s there has been a reawakening of the critical arguments regarding the form and substance of EC proposals and their importance in Community affairs. It would be naive simply to present the arguments involved exclusively as a conflict between the UK and the EC — rather it is a clash of opposing philosophies on how best to regulate modern capitalist market economies.
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