TITLE

Flexicurity – a European Approach to Labour Market Policy

AUTHOR(S)
Bekker, Sonja; Wilthagen, Ton; Kongshøj Madsen, Per; Zhou, Jianping; Rogowski, Ralf; Keune, Maarten; Tangian, Andranik
PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Intereconomics;Mar2008, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p68
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Although linguistically somewhat strange, “flexicurity”, the combination of labour market flexibility and security for employees, has become a much praised cornerstone of European labour market policies. Obviously, in an environment with rapid technical progress and frequently changing market conditions, employers need to manage their labour force flexibly. In order to achieve this flexibility without creating an unbearable situation for employees, security is the second pillar of the concept. Security refers, however, to “employability” rather than safety from dismissal. As such, the concept looks like an innovative European way of consolidating economic and social interests, although some argue that much flexibility is gained while the security aspect is being neglected. The concept has been successfully adopted in some European countries, notably Denmark and the Netherlands. However, each country has to find its own concept of “flexicurity” using a distinct combination of instruments that fit the national institutional, social and civic context.
ACCESSION #
31625038

 

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics