This paper traces the development of the Social Charter since its adoption in December 1989. We examine and evaluate the more important policy instruments. It is shown that the mandatory and often ambitious ‘minimum standards’ set by the Commission are difficult to justify in efficiency terms by reference to market failure. Furthermore, the imposition of uniformity on states that are diverse in their patterns of regulation will retard competition between social systems. It is also likely that the countervailing moves taken by firms in reaction to the imposition of arbitrary standards will frustrate the redistributive aims of the policy.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||British Journal of Industrial Relations|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
- Management of Technology and Innovation