An Awkward Partner? Britain's implementation of the Working Time Directive
The dominance of member states in the field of social policy has been traditionally depicted as one of the main hurdles facing the development of a European social policy. Resistance by national government to the transfer of influence and control over social policy to the European level has been particularly true for Britain. Opposition to various initiatives, such as the Social Charter and Social Chapter has demonstrated this. It is in this context that this article examines Britain’s implementation of the Working Time Directive, this being demonstrative of the distinction between member states and the EU in the social policy arena. In this sense, the Working Time Directive is significant not just because of the provisions it brings to British employees, but because it demonstrates the changing nature of the relationship between member states and the EU in the realm of social policy.
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Citation : Blair, A., Leopold, J. and Karsten, L. (2001) An Awkward Partner? Britain's implementation of the Working Time Directive. Time and Society, 10, (1) pp.63-76
ISSN : 0961-463X
Peer Reviewed : Yes