Latest News

The European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant Award

  • Date: Fri, May 26, 2017

Share this article

Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime (European Unions)

ERC Consolidator Grant success

Congratulations to Professor Roland Erne, of our HRM and Employment Relations Group, on being awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant. The grant valued at €2 million is only one of two nationally awarded ERC grants in this round of the competition with the objective to support ambitious high-risk, high-gain research projects at the frontier of science.

Professor Erne’s project is entitled ‘Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime (European Unions)’. Labour movements are integral to European society. Neither national democratisation processes nor Europe’s social models would be conceivable without the mobilisations of workers. A similar analogy can be made in a transnational context. Yet, the democratic dimensions of labour politics are currently threatened by an increasingly authoritarian strain in EU governance. In the context of the resulting tensions that are dividing Europeans, this project therefore aims 1) To map the EU’s new governance regime and the shifts in labour politics it is triggering; 2) To open up novel analytical approaches that are able to capture the underlying transnational social processes at work; 3) To analyse the responses of European labour movements to the new EU governance regime in different subject areas and economic sectors; 4) To develop a new scientific paradigm capable of accounting for the interplay between EU governance, labour politics and EU democracy.

Please consult the project web site:

Follow us on Twitter: @europeanunions


Discover our Rankings and Accreditations