Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Opening the black box: actors and interactions shaping European sectoral social dialogue

Bechter, Barbara, Weber, Sabrina, Galetto, Manuela, Larsson, Bengt and Prosser, Thomas ORCID: 2021. Opening the black box: actors and interactions shaping European sectoral social dialogue. European Journal of Industrial Relations 27 (3) , pp. 269-288. 10.1177/09596801211000012

[thumbnail of Opening the black box.pdf]
PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (8MB) | Preview


This article highlights the importance of organizational resources and individual capabilities for interactions and relationships among social partners in European sectoral social dialogue committees (SSDCs). We use an actor-centred approach to investigate work programme setting in the hospital and metalworking SSDCs. Our research reveals differences in how European social partner organizations coordinate and integrate members in SSDCs. In hospital, European Union (EU)-social partners build bridges that span otherwise separate actors or groups. The findings suggest that the absence of bridging efforts can lead to the dominance of a few actors. In metalworking, small cohesive groups are more effective in forming close networks and determining work programmes. While work programmes in hospital represent issues which are on national agendas, in metalworking, they focus mainly on EU policy areas.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0959-6801
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: 15 February 2021
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 02:26

Citation Data

Cited 2 times in Scopus. View in Scopus. Powered By Scopus® Data

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics