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Conditions for and obstacles to trade union cooperation in Europe.

This project aims to explain differences in transnational union cooperation in six sectors in Europe: Mining, Metal, Construction, Transportation, Banking/finance, and Health Care. The project is a comparative study, theoretically comparing the theory of country regimes with the theory of sectoral regimes, in combination with a network approach. The research questions are: 1. What similarities and differences in cooperation exist between these sectors? 2. Can these be explained by sectoral and country differences in IR, production processes, and strength of the trade unions’ respective sector organization? 3. How are the cooperative networks structured within these sectors? 4. What resources and priorities can explain differences in network positions and forms of collaboration?