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A common minimum wage for the EU in 2019: A first step towards a social union or a non-starter?

Marquardt, Jakob (2019) A common minimum wage for the EU in 2019: A first step towards a social union or a non-starter?

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Abstract:This bachelor thesis deals with the discussion around the development of a common minimum wage in the EU. It starts by briefly presenting a short history of the EU’s wage management policy in the past and going through the economic effects such a policy might have. Afterwards, it performs a qualitative analysis of policy plans on which key actors influence the chances the introduction of such a policy would have and how they shape the form it might take, based around a number of theories on European integration. In this, the thesis focuses on the influence of important national governments, supranational political elites and stakeholders from civil society, while paying particular attention to the party politics standing behind the observed developments. The paper concludes that while an attempt to implement a formal EU regulation on a common minimum wage would likely fail due to strong opposition to expand the EU’s competencies on social policy in the treaties, there might be an opportunity to create an intergovernmental agreement between the member states outside of the EU framework.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78944
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