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Single Market, Equal Rights? UK perspectives on EU employment and social law

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Owen Tudor (ed.), Adam Hug (Ed.)

February 2012 Hard copy: £4.95, plus £1 p+p. Buy it on CentralBooks.co.uk

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Single Market, Equal Rights? UK perspectives on EU employment and social law gives a wide-ranging assessment of the contentious British debate over Europe's role in determining the level of employment and social rights. It explores:

  • The UK-specific dimensions of the debate, both in terms of the party politics and the impact it has on the wider relationship between Britain and the EU
  • The extent of EU involvement in employment and social protection compared to national action
  • The relationship between the single market and EU employment and social law
  • The balance between the role of the European Commission and the European Court of Justice
  • The Posted Workers, Working Time and Agency Workers directives and other contentious issues

The publication is edited by Foreign Policy Centre Policy Director Adam Hug and the TUC's Head of European Union and International Relations Owen Tudor. It features contributions from a range of leading experts including: Prof Catherine Barnard (Trinity College, Cambridge), Karen Clements (British Chambers of Commerce), Prof Anne Davies (Brasenose College, Oxford), Prof Claire Kilpatrick (European University Institute), Lord Monks (formerly TUC and ETUC), Clare Moody (Unite), Mats Persson (Open Europe) and Ariane Poulain (Business for New Europe).