What is the role of multinational companies (MNCs) in current social regulation developments? How does corporate governance evolve in Europe? What is the place given to social dialogue procedures within multinational companies? Studying the development of European Works Councils (EWCs) can shed light on these various elements. In this article, we first look more precisely at the history of EWCs as a specific example of the more general experiences promoting transnational social dialogue at company-level since the 1960s. Then we focus on the French experience of EWCs in order to underline its specificities: on the one hand the pioneer role of French MNCs in the first developments of this information and consultation body; on the other the way parts of the French system of industrial relations are reconfigured by the growing involvement of management and worker representatives in this new type of company-level transnational social dialogue.
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