Updated: 7 August 2009



Challenges for Europe under value chain restructuring. Contributions to policy debates

Pamela Meil (ed.)

It is mainly at the level of the workplace that deficits in regulation become visible and impulses for policy formulation can be developed. This report, based on empirical results obtained from the WORKS quantitative and qualitative data, targets the issues of skills and knowledge, gender and equality, employment and work, the labour market and social governance in the policy debates because they are identified as major aspects of reaching the Lisbon goals. The contributions explicitly examine what effects specific regulations and what role organisations that are mandated to support and protect worker interests are having at the level of the workplace. We conclude that the various levels of intervention for policy – national, regional, company – will continue to have relevance because the processes for policy development are not uniform across country or sector. Thus multilevel governance is needed. However, supranational institutions such as the EU have a responsibility to use their regulatory power to mitigate inequalities forming across the value chain and to better monitor and enforce existing regulation.

Leuven: HIVA • 2009 • 124p.
Publication n° 1297

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Deliverable 5.1  WORKS Policy Pillar - Workshop summary