Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.

Volume 20 Issue 2, May 2014

The articles in this special issue of Transfer report and reflect upon a specific aspect of the activities of transnational corporations: their role as political players. Power and politics often come together as the raw truth of any organization. This is particularly true for multinational enterprises where the term ‘political’ is used to refer specifically to the ‘power’ exerted in such transnational corporations. This exercise of power can be considered from different perspectives, ranging from internal governance, via internal power and politics, to the influence that such companies have on existing institutions regulating employment and industrial relations. In a more general sense, it also involves the macro-politics of the transnational social space that multinationals create around them, covering for example trade and transfer pricing, and the setting of prices for goods and services within the enterprise but also across national borders.

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