Coping with economic uncertainty while seeking security is
a central dilemma of public policy in a globalising economy.
A complex set of deals and conflicts are involved in the process
of distributing the gains and the burdens of that uncertainty,
and various forms of employment contracts and labour and
social policies express their outcome. This project is concerned
with the study of that process and its implications for societal
In the course of conflict a number of different institutions engage in new practices; and there is a new diversity of employment forms and tenures. Social policy becomes increasingly integrated with employment and industrial relations practices, while both the sustainability of the institutions themselves and their impact on the natural environment require consideration. Challenges are also presented by the different forms of governance at work in the various policy fields.
The crisis of the Keynesian model was often seen as a crisis for associational governance (or neo-corporatism), and an advance for reliance on market governance (usually assisted by strong elements of government intervention). Since then, policy-making by individual large corporations often seems to be replacing associational governance as well as government policy-making in fields of employment categories and rights, pay determination, and the determination of pensions. However, the public goods issues raised by uncertainty and environmental damage bring again into question the adequacy of governance by the market and individual firms.
The team should expect to find radical changes in the societal models that they have become accustomed to using in the analysis of social policy. There is a search for new modes of governance, or new combinations of old ones.
|Funding scheme:||Collaborative project (small and medium scale focused research project)|
|Activity:||Activity 2 - Combining economic, social and environmental objectives in a European perspective|
|Research area:||Socio-economic development trajectories|
|Topic:||Analysing, Comparing and evaluating the various societal models in a medium-to-long-term perspective|
|Estimated EC contribution:||€1 496 830|
|Title:||Meeting the challenges of economic uncertainty and sustainability through employment, industrial relations, social and environmental policies in European countries|
University of Warwick
Warwick Business School
UK - Coventry
|EC Scientific Officer:||
DG RTD.B |
Contact: Marie RAMOT
|Research achievements:||GUSTO policy brief - "The governance of uncertainty and sustainability: tensions and opportunities" (January 2013) ( 434KB)
GUSTO policy brief - " The Governance of Uncertainty and Sustainability: Tensions and Opportunities" (October 2012) ( 191KB)