Crisis Corporatism or Corporatism in Crisis? Social Concertation and Social Pacts in Europe

Research question/goal: 

Labour relations in Germany and several other European countries have been marked by longstanding social partnership. This, however, has been challenged in recent decades with uncertain consequences for political economies and organized interests. Accordingly, this project seeks to disentangle analytical and political debates about the viability of organized capitalism. First, the project explores the question if, and if so how and why, the recent economic crisis has altered Germany’s labour relations and the social partners’ relations with the government. Second, it analyses the cross-national variation in the involvement of the social partners in governmental crisis politics in Europe, and it also investigates the subsequent effects on policy contents and organized interests for selected countries. Both project parts rely on an innovative mix of research methods and generate valuable empirical findings that will contribute to evaluating debates on institutional and organizational change of labour relations and welfare states.

Current stage: 

In October 2017, the project team and international collaborators met for a first workshop in Mannheim, discussing the theoretical framework for defining and operationalizing social pacts and social concertation. The project is currently at the stage of data collection and preliminary analyses for the systematic cross-national comparison as well as preparing the in-depth case studies of the selected countries.

Fact sheet

2014 to 2019
Data Sources: 
interviews, primary text analyses, quantitative indicators
Geographic Space: 
Germany in European comparison