EESDA: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Social Dialogue Articulation in Europe

EESDA: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Social Dialogue Articulation in Europe

1. január 2018 - 31. december 2019

EESDA is a research project that brings together five consortium partners with the aim to advance the current knowledge and expertise on the articulation of social dialogue in Europe and its relation to the effectiveness of social dialogue. It studies the ways in which social dialogue between public and private actors at different levels functions and the channels through which EU level social dialogue - across and within sectors- affects the actors, decisions and outcomes at the national and sub-national level, and vice versa. As social dialogue is not a one-dimensional process, the interactions and relations between the involved actors are complex. EESDA, therefore, takes a mixed methods approach that starts from a very broad perspective which is specified in following stages of the research.

More specifically, the project starts with an assessment of all sectors in the EU27 by means of desk research and an online survey. It then concentrates on 6 EU member states (i.e. Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden – with distinct industrial relations models and traditions) in which 4 sectors (i.e. construction, commerce, education and healthcare and hospitals – with in each case a focus on a specific occupation) are examined via interviews, case studies and discourse analysis. The findings from these two exercises are completed using network analysis that sets out to visualise and reveal strong and weak ties between different actors. The analysis is focused on the EU as well as the national and sub-national levels and also takes a comparative perspective, drawing lessons for experiences and best practices in other sectors and countries. The analysis considers efforts that have a direct and indirect impact on social dialogue, such as EU Directives or programme funding.

Application reference: VP/2017/004/0017


  • CEPS, Belgium


  • CELSI, Slovakia
  • CCP, Portugal
  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Carl Nordlund, Sweden