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Flexicurity – a state-of-the art review

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Viebrock, Elke; Clasen, Jochen

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Corporate Editor University of Edinburgh, Publication and Dissemination Centre (PUDISCwowe)
Abstract The notion of 'flexicurity' promises to overcome the tensions between labour market flexibility on the one hand and social security on the other hand by offering 'the best of both worlds'. In this review the development of the concept will be set against the background of changed economic circumstances in the last two decades. The principal components of flexicurity are presented, followed by a review of ‘real worlds of flexicurity’ in selected European countries, with Denmark and the Netherlands as the most prominent examples. The subsequent section considers the transferability of flexicurity policies across borders. Finally, we concentrate on collective actors involved in promoting the idea of flexicurity and conclude with a discussion of some tensions within and criticisms of the concept.
Keywords flexicurity; labor market policy; unemployment; unemployment compensation; job security; labor market; flexibility; social security; Europe; Denmark; Netherlands
Classification European Politics; Social Policy; Labor Market Policy
Free Keywords labour market policy; unemployment benefits; employment protection
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
City Edinburgh
Series Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe, REC-WP 01/2009
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications