Towards Convergence in Europe
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Towards Convergence in Europe

Institutions, Labour and Industrial Relations

Edited by Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead

This book aims to answer a number of important questions. To what extent have European countries converged or diverged with EU-wide economic and social indicators over the past 20 years? What have been the drivers of convergence? Why do some countries lag behind, while others experience continuous upward convergence? Why are these trajectories not always linear? Particular attention is paid to the role of institutions, actors and industrial relations – focusing on the resources and strategies of governments, employers and trade unions – in nudging EU countries onto an upward convergence path.
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Chapter 4: Is France converging or not? The role of industrial relations

Pierre Courtioux and Christine Erhel


The French model of social dialogue has undergone several reforms that have further accelerated over recent years (since the 2008 crisis). The purpose of this chapter is to present some evidence on such ‘modernisation’ of social dialogue’, most recent trends and its links with labour market inequalities, wages and employment inequalities. It notably explores the effects of decentralisation and the inclusion of some flexicurity components at three traditional levels of social dialogue: national, sectoral and firm levels. It also describes the various sources of inequality emerging in the labour market before exploring the possible role of social dialogue – together with the involvement of the state – to generate more balanced and sustainable outcomes.

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