Social partnership in the digital age

Pessimistic expectations, regarding the potential upheavals in labour markets driven by technological innovations, may spawn radical scenarios regarding the restructuring of social security systems and the regulation of labour in the digital age. Some business leaders call for a comprehensive restructuring of the welfare state. Even if these scenarios may be seen as too radical, a discussion about the use of collective and individual regulations in employment relations and the need to modernise these tools are on the agenda.

The guiding questions are:

  • Which conflicting regulatory goals (state, collective and social) result from the implementation of technology-driven innovations?
  • What is the perspective of the social partners in designing technology-driven innovations?
  • Which new forms of governance of work can already be identified, and where is social innovation foreseeable?

Project partner: Wolfgang Schröder, Kassel University