This study provides a systematic examination of the feasibility of a common European Union social policy superimposed on 15 distinctive national systems. The authors trace the making of EU social policy from formulation to implementation, highlighting the roles of labour unions and employers' associations. By focusing on the European Works Council Directive, they are able to examine implementation by both member states and multinational corporations. Interviews with corporate managers from the UK, Germany and France inform this realistic assessment of the dynamics involved in taking a social policy from its inception in Brussels to its practice in member states.
Seven Assumptions Concerning Social Policy in the European Union; EU Social Policy - Framework and Context; EU Social Policy and Employment Policy at the End of the 20th Century; the Member States as Participants in EU Social Policy; the European Works Council (EWC) Directive - Evolution and Content; the Actors - Multi-level Governance in Action; the Member States and the Transposition of Directives; Multinational Corporations and EWCs - the Testing Ground for Policy; EU Social Policy at the Beginning of the 20th Century.