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Reflexive regulation and the development of capabilities : the impact of the 2002/14/EC Directive on information and consultation of employees in the UK

By Aristea Koukiadaki

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The research evaluates the pattern of change in the field of employee representation in\ud the UK as influenced by the transposition and implementation of the Directive\ud 2002/14/EC establishing a general framework for informing and consulting\ud employees in the European Community and to relate this analysis to the impact of\ud legislation in the field of labour law and industrial relations through the location of\ud managerial and labour practice in implementing and handling the information and\ud consultation arrangements. Theoretically, the thesis draws on the theory of reflexive\ud law (Teubner, 1993; Barnard and Deakin, 2002) and on the capabilities approach\ud (Sen, 1999), which has recently emerged in political economy. Empirically, it\ud combines textual analysis, interviews with key actors, a questionnaire survey of\ud companies and in-depth case studies in a few organizations in the business services\ud and the financial sectors. The research aims to move beyond the traditional socio-legal\ud concepts and methods to incorporate insights from the institutional and political\ud economy frames of analysis commonly deployed in the field of industrial relations,\ud and from its tradition of empirical enquiry rooted in field-based qualitative research\ud methods.\ud In diverging from existing UK social norms and conventions a new role for the two\ud sides of industry, CBI and TUC, was created that assisted in the development of the\ud national legislation transposing the directive and led to a re-conceptualization of the\ud EU-level norms, as stipulated by the directive, concerning information and\ud consultation of employees. Whilst the introduction of national legislation drove to\ud some extent the spread of voluntary arrangements, albeit at the instigation of\ud management, there was not much evidence that the 'standard provisions' of the UK\ud Regulations promoted institutional experimentation or to a new framework for a\ud process of learning, participation and capabilities for voice. This was down to the\ud nature of the legal obligations, the efficacy of the enforcement mechanisms and the\ud degree to which extra-legal resources, mainly trade union organization, were utilized

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