The Concept of Flexicurity: A New Approach to Regulating Employment and Labour Markets
24 Pages Posted: 19 May 2008
This paper deals with the new policy concept of flexicurity in view of the emerging flexibility-security nexus that the European Union, national governments, sectors of industry, individual companies and workers are currently facing. On the one hand there is a strong demand for further flexibilisation of labour markets, employment and the work organisation. At same time, an equally strong demand exists for providing security to employees - especially vulnerable groups - and for preserving social cohesion in our societies. This paper discusses the origins, conditions en potential of flexicurity as policy or strategy at various levels of industrial relations that explicitly addresses this nexus. Besides the paper outlines a research agenda with respect to the flexicurity phenomenon.
Keywords: flexicurity, European Employment Strategy, social partners, industrial relations, negotiation
JEL Classification: J00, J2, K31
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