Professor, former senator, author, “bon vivant”, husband, father and grandfather, Roger Blanpain (1932) is all this and more. The scintillating memoirs of this world famous labour law specialist cast a fascinating light on the academic world and the social evolution of Belgian and European post-war societies. They offer a unique eyewitness report of someone who watched the most important events of the last 65 years from the front row.
In “What can I do for you?”, Roger Blanpain describes in detail his rich and varied academic career, which began at the University of Leuven (Belgium), the societal problems that touched him most, and his journey through national and international organisations, like the EU, the OECD, the ILO, the International Society of Labour and Social Security Law, and the International Industrial Relations Association.
“What can I do for you?” provides the reader privileged insight into key questions of Belgian, European and international social history, including the Badger case, the Bolkestein Directive, and the Volkswagen case... Roger Blanpain offers his outspoken opinion on numerous hot topics, like the trade in humans in sports, the tobacco lobby, smoking bans, and the apartheid system separating blue and white collar workers. His ideas to stimulate employment give these memoirs a lasting character.
This book is a must, not only for those who know Roger Blanpain, but for all those, who ask themselves from time to time:“What can I do for you?”