This chapter reviews and analyses the case of Portugal and the attempt to deregulate core aspects of its industrial relations in the post-2008 period. It also investigates the broader political and historical context to provide an understanding of the way that these developments are shaped, as well as some of the tensions that have emerged. It focuses on the way that alternatives to deregulation have emerged and the manner in which the changing nature of the left and social movements has helped shape such changes. The case of Portugal is important as an alternative reference point in the European context and manages to show the importance of political factors in shaping policy ventures.
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