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The CRIMT Institutional Experimentation for Better Work Partnership Project seeks to build knowledge on and understanding of how to make work better. The focus is on actors in the world of work who engage in social experimentation and on whether that experimentation leads to work being better or worse. Work is a major dimension of people's lives: for their life trajectories, for meaningful activity, for participation in their communities and societies. Succinctly, better work is a key for constructing better societies; worse work weakens their social fabric.

The basic argument underlying this proposal can be summarized by the four following propositions: Major fault lines of change are disrupting the regulation of work (Prop. 1); This leads actors at multiple levels, and in conditions of considerable uncertainty, to embark on what we label processes of experimentation as regards the governance of work (Prop. 2); A key societal challenge is to ensure that these processes lead to better and not to worse work, as defined by people's economic risk, control over their lives at work, and the possibility to acquire skills and life chances and to exercise voice in their workplace and community (Prop. 3); Collective social actors, with strong sets of capabilities and resources, are central to negotiating the passage from traditional to new forms of work regulation (Prop. 4). The investigation of these four interdependent propositions could not be realized without building an international research partnership.

It is with that in mind that the CRIMT Partnership Project on Institutional Experimentation for Better Work brings together the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT-RS) and an international network of leading associated partner centres (20) and coresearchers (144). Each partner center contributes financially to the realization of this project. Partner centres are:


 
 
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Colef   Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC - McMaster University)
IMM   Centre de droit comparé du travail et de la sécurité sociale (COMPTRASEC - Université de Bordeaux)
ETUI   Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires Démocratie, Institutions, Subjectivité (CriDIS - UCL)
Colef   Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW - Queen's University)
CPOW   Centre for People, Organisation and Work (CPOW - RMIT)
WOW   Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing (WOW - Griffith University)
CRIMT   CRIMT-RS
Colef   El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)
Cardiff   Employment Research Unit (ERU - Cardiff University)
ETUI   European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
Cardiff   Future of Work Research Group (FSSL-FWRG - University of Bristol)
CRIMT   HEC Montréal
Colef   ILR School (Cornell University)
ETUI   Institut d’Analyse du Changement dans l’Histoire & les Sociétés Contemporaines (IACCHOS - UCL)
IMM   Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales (IRISSO - Université Paris-Dauphine)
IMM   Institute of International Management (IIM - Loughborough University London)
CRIMT   Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory (LLDRL - McGill University)
Renmin   School of Labor and Human Resources (SLHR - Renmin University)
Colef   School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR - Rutgers University)
CRIMT   Université de Montréal
Laval   Université Laval