Course date

30 June - 11 July, 2003
Application deadline:
15 February, 2003
Course Director(s): 

Laszlo Bruszt

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Andras Toth

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Political Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Sabina Avdagic

Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Koln, Germany

Otto Jacobi

Independent Research Institute for Industrial Relations in Europe, Laboratorium Europa, Darmstadt, Germany

Laszlo Neumann

National Employment Service, Research Unit, Budapest, Hungary

Marino Regini

University of Milan- Bicocca, Political Science, Italy

Wolfgang Streeck

Max Planck Institute, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The course will highlight the interrelationships between the politics of market making and the reshaping of industrial relations in Europe. The nineties were the decade of market making both in the Eastern and the Western parts of Europe. In the post-communist countries this was the decade of attempts to build up market economies. In Western Europe, this was the decade of the creation of the Single Market and the preparation for the European Monetary Union (EMU). Market making, both at the national level and at the supra-national levels went hand in hand with a dramatic reshaping of the political and social relations among key national level economic actors in both parts of the continent and the consolidation of supranational (European) actors. In Central and Eastern Europe the changes resulted largely in the marginalization of organized labour, combined in some countries with the capture of national states by a small group of winners and the impoverishment of an important segment, if not the majority of the population.

Within the EU, on the other hand, while traditional national industrial relations systems got increasingly under strain, only exceptionally become labour marginalised. The majority of member states searched for labour inclusive policies in coping with the challenges of the single market, and hitherto a number of member states witnessed the revival of social pacts. The highly divergent fate of post ’90 Europe and European states both in terms of market making and in terms of pursuing labour inclusive or exclusive policies calls for investigating the interrelationship between market making and societal regulation of business and labour markets embodied in industrial relations systems.