BARSOP: Bargaining and Social Dialogue in the Public Sector

BARSOP: Bargaining and Social Dialogue in the Public Sector

30. marec 2016 - 30. marec 2018

BARSOP addresses how the economic and financial crisis has transformed industrial relations, social dialogue and employment in the public sector in nine EU member states: Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. The crisis and the resulting austerity policies have put pressure on public sector industrial relations. The BARSOP project will, in the nine countries mentioned, review how social partners have been responding to the pressures created by the crisis, both in terms of collective bargaining and social dialogue processes, in terms of specific social partner crisis initiatives and in terms of outcomes. In addition, it will review changes in the legal, budgetary and broader public policy setting in which the public sector social partners operate and their effects on industrial relations and the quantity and quality of employment in the public sector. Within the public sector, BARSOP will focus on three major sectors: healthcare, education, and local and regional authorities. In addition, from a multi-level governance perspective, BARSOP includes in its analysis the EU dimension of the selected sectors by studying the respective European Sector Social Dialogue Committees, the initiatives that these Committees have developed to respond to the crisis, and the follow up given at national level to these initiatives as well as their effects.


  • University of Amsterdam/AIAS - Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies


Project partners:

  • University of Amsterdam - AIAS
  • University Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Central European Labour Studies Institute( CELSI)
  • University of Teramo (UNITE)
  • FAOS-University of Copenhagen
  • Hans- Böckler-Stiftung (HBS) - Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut
  • University of Leicester (ULEIC)