Networked Coordination of Industrial Relations – NETWIR

Dr Aidan Regan was recently awarded European Commission Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion research funding to be part of a consortium led by Autonomous University of Barcelona. The project also includes partners from Amsterdam and Florence. 

The project uses a comparative political economy approach to assess how wage coordination takes place in collective bargaining in Europe.


Further details of project

The analysis of collective bargaining coordination has attracted the attention of scholars and policymakers since the early 1990s, but has witnessed a renaissance more recently. Despite growing research on the comparative analysis of collective bargaining coordination and its impact, we still lack profound knowledge about the mechanisms sustaining coordination; how information flows between actors in the collective bargaining structure; the exact role played by different organisations / actors or the way in which actors and the different levels of the collective bargaining structure are articulated, including the national and trans-national. The objective of the NETWIR project is to provide an alternative assessment of how wage coordination takes places in different collective bargaining systems and sectors within Europe. In order to do so, the project will adopt a behavioural and relational view based on the methodological and analytical tools of Social Network Analysis (SNA).