Representativeness of social partners and the impact in economic governance (REP)

Type: National Project Project

Duration: from 2018 Oct 01 to 2022 Sep 30

Financed by: Feder/OE

Prime Contractor: Instituto de Ciências Sociais UL (University)

The REP project aims to understand the conditions and implications of the representativeness of social partners in economic governance. In democratic societies, they play a fundamental regulatory role of the labour market, representativeness providing them legitimacy to be consulted and to negotiate. However, representativeness is enveloped in a puzzle and scarce research tends to restrict representativeness to a membership rate and to focus on one side of labour relations. Assuming that representativeness is a multifaceted concept, the REP project will for the first time combine membership representativeness with composition and opinion congruence between representatives and represented. Also, it will focus on both trade unions and employers associations, having into account their different collective interests. In summary, the REP project intends to contribute to a more informed decision-making process, more transparent and trustful organisations, and fairer labour relations.


  • Cento de Estudos Socias da Universidade de Coimbra (University) - Coimbra, Portugal
  • INESC-ID (Other)
  • Instituto de Ciências Sociais UL (University)

Principal Investigators