The concept of representativeness at national, international and European level

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Updated
19 Декември 2016
Published
19 Декември 2016
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Abstract

The representativeness of social partners provides legitimacy for their various roles in industrial relations, whether through the vehicle of social dialogue, collective bargaining or involvement in government policymaking or implementation. This report compares the different ways in which the representativeness of social partners is defined at national, European and international levels. It shows that representativeness has various meanings across the 28 Member States and Norway, with most countries featuring a combination of legal conformity and mutual recognition. Based on information provided by national correspondents in the 28 EU Member States and Norway, the report analyses the concept of representativeness at national level by reviewing key elements such as electoral success, organisational strength in terms of membership, and the capacity to negotiate. The final section turns to the methodology used by Eurofound to assess representativeness since 1996 and raises the question as to whether this approach should be refined or modified after 10 years of application. An executive summary is also available - see Related content.

See also: Annexes: Survey questionnaire - Tables - Figures

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    82
    Reference No: 
    EF1644
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1556-0
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-06-16-037-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/517612
    Catalogue info

    The concept of representativeness at national, international and European level

    The representativeness of social partners provides legitimacy for their various roles in industrial relations, whether through the vehicle of social dialogue, collective bargaining or involvement in government policymaking or implementation. This report compares the different ways in which the representativeness of social partners is defined at national, European and international levels.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF16441
    Catalogue info

    The concept of representativeness at national, international and European level - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Representativeness has various meanings across the 28 Member States and Norway. In practice, few national systems correspond to an unalloyed form of either mutual recognition or legal conformity. Member States employ a combination of these principles, applying a mix of both formal and informal criteria. In addition to the fundamental dichotomy of the representativeness concept – based on compliance with legal requirements or based on mutual recognition – the report looks at three elements or drivers with the potential to contribute in different ways to representativeness of social partners: electoral success, organisational strength in terms of the scope of membership, and the capacity to negotiate. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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