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The Blinken European Institute Presents: The Future of European Labor Relations

General Programming

dateFebruary 28, 2012 timeTuesday, 5:30pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • The Blinken European Institute
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated
  • Photo ID required for entry
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Jelle Visser is Chair of Sociology of Labour and Organization at the University of Amsterdam. Professor Visser's talk on "European Labor Relations, the Euro, and State Intervention: The Decentralization Paradox" is part of the ongoing series "Bringing Back Political Economy: Europe, Ground Zero" co-sponsored by the Blinken European Institute and the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Despite efforts to enhance employer-government coordination and to strengthen social protection, the European labor movement remains weak. European decentralization and fragmentation have paradoxically increased the scope for EU- and state-based interventions in labor relations, while weakening intermediate, self-regulatory structures. Visser will argue that this outcome tends to weaken the moderate and pro-integration forces within the labor movement, and does nothing to alleviate intra-regional tensions.

  • Featured Speaker Jelle Visser Professor of Sociology, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies University of Amsterdam
  • Commentator Josh Whitford Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology Columbia University
  • Chair Michele Alacevich Assistant Professor of History and Director of Global Studies Loyola University, Maryland