Online, 16h - 18h CET

Transatlantic Social Dialogue Webinar Series

Obtaining influence over policy decisions on Covid-19-related economic and social policies has been of enormous importance for both trade unions as well as business organizations. But the two sides are unequally equipped in terms of financial and organizational resources; moreover, they differ by ways and extent of access to policymakers and public authorities.
This webinar explores what we can learn from the latter for better understanding the trade unions’ challenges in the public policy arena. Speakers will discuss topics such as how digitization affects the forms of lobbying, alliances between trade unions and social movements to gain more influence, and regulatory efforts to make ‘venue hopping’ by businesses more transparent.


  • Anne Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen: Inequality in interest representation
  • Laura Bucci, St Joseph’s University: The rise of restrictive labor laws in US States
  • Dieter Plehwe, WZB Berlin: Regulating neoliberal lobbyism via Transparency and Lobbying registers
  • Judy Conti, National Employment Law Project

Moderator: Lowell Turner, Cornell ILR School

Hosted by the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Cornell University. Organized by the Transatlantic Social Dialogue in collaboration with The Worker Institute, IG Metall, the Hans Boeckler Foundation (HBS) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).