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RESEARCH INTERESTS

My publication list includes the well acclaimed monograph ‘European Unions. Labor's Quest for a Transnational Democracy’ (Cornell University Press, 2008, pbk 2010), which made me a ‘leading authority on contemporary trade union developments in Europe’ (Labor History, 50(2): 187). Since then, I have been studying the shift to a much more 'vertical' EU Economic Governance regime; (trans-)national trade union and social movement actions triggered by this shift; EU referendums and Euroscepticism; trade unions and direct democracy; equal pay by gender and nationality; intra-EU labour migration; interest politics and employment relations, notably at the EU-level as well as in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania, and Switzerland. Since October 2017, I have been PI of the ERC Consolidator Grant project 'European Unions' (2017-22) that aims to 1) better understand the shift from horizontal to vertical EU integration, 2) analyse labour movements' responses and their feedback effects on the EU's new economic governance regime, 3) open up new analytical approaches to capture the transnational dynamics at work. See: R. Erne (2018) 'Labour Politics and the EU's New Economic Governance Regime'. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research 24 (2): 237-247. https://www.erc-europeanunions.eu/publications-1/ My most recent works have appeared in top journals (British Journal of Industrial Relations, Cambridge Journal of Economics, European Journal of Industrial Relations, European Political Science, Industrial Relations Journal, Labor History, Labor Studies Journal, Transfer: European Review of Labour & Research) and in books with prestigious publishers (Cambridge UP, E Elgar, Kluwer, Manchester UP, Oxford UP, Palgrave, Routledge, Rowman & Littlefield). In the latest article of our ERC group, we have shown that there is little evidence that the EU’s post-crisis economic governance regime has moved in a more ‘social’ direction: J Jordan, V Maccarrone and R Erne (2020) 'Towards a Socialisation of the EU's New Economic Governance Regime? EU labour policy interventions in Germany, Italy, Ireland, & Romania (2009-19) British Journal of Industrial Relations, doi: 10.1111/bjir.12522.

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EC - Education Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Sep 2021
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European Research Council
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Sep 2022
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European Integration and Employment Relations CCRE Grant 2020
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Sep 2020 - 31 Aug 2023
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Work and Employment in the European and Global Economy
University College Dublin (UCD)
11 Feb 2019 - 30 Sep 2022
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Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Aug 2022
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
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European Integration and Employment Relations
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Jul 2018 - 30 Jun 2020
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Organised Labour and Transnational Collective Action
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Sep 2019
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Labour Politics and the EU's New Economic Governance Regime (European Unions)
Irish Research Council (IRC)
3 Jan 2017 - 2 Jan 2019
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Support to ERC European Unions
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Aug 2019
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Support for ERC Application
University College Dublin (UCD)
28 Nov 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
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OBRSS Research Support Scheme
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Oct 2020
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A tale of two countries? The fall of social partnership during the great crisis in Ireland and Italy
Irish Research Council (IRC)
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2020
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Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration and Employment Studies
EC - Education Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2019
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Meeting the challenges of east-west European labour migration through social protection and associational governance
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Nov 2015 - 31 Oct 2017
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EU economic goverance and (trans-)national collective action (UCD seed funding grant for the preparation of a ERC application)
University College Dublin (UCD)
15 Aug 2015 - 14 Aug 2017
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EU economic governance and (trans-) national collective action. (Eurogov & Action)
Enterprise Ireland (EI)
27 Jul 2015 - 27 Apr 2016
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Is East-West labour migration within the Single European Market really improving wages and working conditions in Central and Eastern Europe?
University College Dublin (UCD)
12 Apr 2014 - 12 Nov 2015
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ILERA Conference 2013 - Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value? A Comparative Assessment of Equal Pay Policies for Women and Non-National Employees in a Switzerland undergoing Europeanisation
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 May 2013 - 31 Oct 2014
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Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value? A Comparative Assessment of Equal Pay Policies for Women and Non-National Employees in a Switzerland undergoing Europeanisation
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2014
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Cooperation through education? Transnational competence and trade unions’ cross-border commitment
Irish Research Council (IRC)
1 Oct 2012 - 30 Sep 2015
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Globalisation and the possibility of transnational action
Centre for Advanced Study (CAS)
1 Sep 2012 - 31 Aug 2014
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Workers’ growing euro-scepticism: A crucial challenge for Irish and French trade union leaders – Research assistance for the lexical analysis of the Irish and French debates on the European Fiscal Treaty using the Alceste software package.
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Jul 2012 - 30 Sep 2013
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Bridging National and Diverging Socio-Economic Interests: Transnational Labour Migration Industrial Relations and the European Integration Process
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
1 Oct 2010 - 30 Sep 2011
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European Unions: Bridging the gap between the different levels of socio-economic governance
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
1 Jan 2010 - 31 Dec 2010
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EU Labour's request for a transnational democracy
University College Dublin (UCD)
1 Jul 2008 - 30 Apr 2010
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