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Publications by the Arbeiterkammer Wien

New publication on line(only in German) :The cost of privatisation

Abstract: This study analyses the common assumption that privatizations improve public finances using new methods. First, it demonstrates that an unequivocal improvement of the fiscal position can only be projected for the liquidity position in the short run, while the medium- and long-term effects on government assets and deficits depend on assumptions. Therefore the overall result must be investigated on a case by case basis.
In the empirical part restricted to Austrian case studies we investigate the latest sales of shares in OMV, Telekom Austria and the Austrian Post held by the public sector. Depending on the method of calculation, these yield a cumulative loss for the public sector of 1.25 to 1.78 Bio. Euro, since the foregone earnings significantly exceeded the reduced interest on public debt, especially for the OMV. Finally, an estimation of the effects of potential future privatizations in particular of energy providers on public finances shows that under current circumstances this would lead to a further deterioration of public finances.

Publications by Francisco Largo Caballero Foundation

New publication on line:Spain. Towards a new production model

Research project: Spain. Towards a new production model

Francisco Largo Caballero foundation, driven by the UGT of Spain, has presented a new study on the need for a change in the Spanish production model, based on its fragility and inadequacy, on the current crisis and the environmental challenges. This research carried out under the direction of José María Zufiaur Narvaiza presents a multidisciplinary approach; it consists of ten works prepared by fourteen experts, which have as their objective the definition of the situation and the elements that should be changed to modify the production model Spanish in a perspective of sustainable development. It is articulated around six themes:

  • The environmental challenges
  • Productive base, pattern of growth and industrial policy
  • Technological innovation and qualification of human capital
  • Changes in the Business Organisations
  • Social benefits
  • Necessary reforms in the Spanish fiscal policy

Research team:

José María Zufiaur (ed.); Chrisyophe Degryse; Philippe Pochet; Domingo Jiménez Beltrán; Luis Jiménez Herrero; Santos M. Ruesga Benito; Julimar da Silva Bichara; Josep-Antoni Ybarra; Mariano Fernández Enguita; Andrés García Reche; Fernando Valdés Dal-Ré; Jesús Lahera Forteza; Alberto del Pozo Sen; Jaime Frades Pernas, and Ignacio Zubiri.

Available on line (Spanish text)

Abstract (English text)

Executive summary (Spanish text)

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Publications by the European Social Observatory (OSE)

The EU Needs a Social Investment Pact
Vandenbroucke, F., Hemerijck, A. and Palier, B. (2011)
OSE Paper Series, Opinion paper No. 5, May 2011, 25p.
In this Opinion Paper, three of the leading EU social scientists argue that important long-term EU social and economic policy goals must not fall victim to short-term policy considerations triggered by the banking crisis that hit the global economy in 2008. They encapsulate these long-term goals in the notion of a “social investment imperative” and warn for the dangerous mix of welfare chauvinism and fiscal austerity nationalism dividing Europe.
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Pensions in Europe, European pensions
The Evolution of Pension Policy at National et Supranational Level
David Natali (Université de Bologna-Forly, OSE)
Series Work & Society, No. 64, P.I.E.Peter Lang, 2008


Pension policy represents in many respects the corner stone of the contemporary European welfare states. And its reform has emerged as a key issue in most of the European countries. This book aims at improving the knowledge of the long-term and more recent evolution of retirement programmes and their regulation at national and supranational level. It gives detailed information about pensions in nine Western and Eastern European countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and UK). In parallel it develops the study of the European Union action in the field, through regulation, the Stability and Growth Pact and the Open Method of Coordination.
What does history tell us about the evolution of pensions? Is it a story of stability or change? Is there any convergence between European pension models? And then what is the role of the European Union in the field?
This book provides answers to these questions and gives scholars, students and policy-makers a comprehensive description of national retirement programmes as well as theoretical analysis of the reform politics, output and outcomes with a focus on national and European dynamics.
'Pensions in Europe, European Pensions' represents a promising step beyond the more traditional comparative contributions, revealing the complex interaction of national and supranational institutions engaged in the most important welfare policy in the ageing European society.

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Publications by IRES Emilia- Romagna

Garibaldo, Francesco / Baglioni, Mirella / Casey, Catherine / Telljohann, Volker (eds.)

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012.

Labour, Education & Society. Vol. 27 Peter Lang

Book synopsis:
This book pursues principal aims. First it describes and reviews current concerns in regard to the conditions of labour markets, production organizations, working conditions, and industrial and employment relations. Prominent among these concerns are the crisis in trade unions and in democratic labour market institutions, and the rise of what many critics regard as technocratic administrative powers in the displacement of democratic practices. Furthermore the book explores aspects of the search for socio-cultural innovation in the wide areas of work, industrial, organizational, management, and employment relations. It therefore deals with participatory democratic practices in the world of work and production, with citizenship, social cohesion, wider participation in education and training, as well as with cultural interests in identity, solidarity and non-market values.

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The Ambivalent Character of Participation New Tendencies in Worker Participation in Europe
Garibaldo, Francesco / Telljohann, Volker (eds.)

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 715 pp.

Labour, Education & Society. Vol. 20 Peter Lang

Book synopsis:
Participation is a social process, which is basically part of an exchange relationship. Thus, it is principally pluralist and ambiguous in its meaning. As a consequence, the reconciliation of voices needs innovative approaches to support balanced participation experiences. The ambivalent character of participation intends to provide a look at new initiatives in the various fields of workplace participation. Leading international scholars examine the role of institutional contexts for participation, the development of new forms of interest organisation as well as the relationship between organisational performance, participation practices and quality of working life. The contributions are not limited to taking stock of new experiences in the field of workplace participation, but also contribute to designing a new research agenda.

Flyer of the book

The Ambivalent Character of Participation Table of contents[1]

More information about the book launch on 9 March 2011 in Brussels

Publications by the Labour Institute of the Greek General Confederation (INE/GSEE - ADEDY)

NEW October 2012 Greek Economy and Employment Annual Report 2012

October 2011

Green Economy, Social Cohesion and Employment Green Economy

Greek Economy and Employment Annual Report 2011 report on Greek economy 2011

LABOR COST, MARGINS OF PROFIT AND COMPETITIVENESS IN GREECE 1995-2009, Athens 2011 (labor cost metafrasi )

  • Actuarial Study for Social Security Foundation-Single Insurance Fund of Salaried Employees (IKA-ETAM), Main Conclusions and Recommendations (English) -