Europe's Pathways to Flexicurity: Lessons Presented from and to the Netherlands

13 Pages Posted: 19 May 2008

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Sonja Bekker

Tilburg Law School

Ton Wilthagen

Tilburg University - Tilburg Flexicurity Research Programme

Abstract

This paper deals with the flexicurity approach as developed at the European level. It firstly reviews the emergenge of this EU perspective on combining social and economic goals. Secondly the paper discusses how the concept of flexicurity pathways responds to the necessity of combining these goals in various ways, depending on the national labour market situation. Thirdly the Netherlands are taken as a concrete national illustration of how lessons can be learned and presented from the flexicurity pathways methodology, also stressing that in practice a country can seek inspiration from more than one ideal typical pathway.

Keywords: flexicurity, European Employment Strategy, social partners, industrial relations, negotiation

JEL Classification: J00, J2, K31

Suggested Citation

Bekker, Sonja and Wilthagen, Ton, Europe's Pathways to Flexicurity: Lessons Presented from and to the Netherlands. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1133873

Sonja Bekker

Tilburg Law School ( email )

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Tilburg University - Tilburg Flexicurity Research Programme ( email )

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