Flexicurity: A State-of-the-Art Review

REC-WP Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe No. 01-2009

32 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2009

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Elke Viebrock

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jochen Clasen

University of Edinburgh

Date Written: 2009

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; Labour Market Policy; Unemployment benefits; Employment Protection

Suggested Citation

Viebrock, Elke and Clasen, Jochen, Flexicurity: A State-of-the-Art Review (2009). REC-WP Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe No. 01-2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489903 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1489903

Elke Viebrock (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jochen Clasen

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JY
United Kingdom

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