The consequences of labour market reforms in Europe: employment performance, employment quality and changing social risks

Avdagic, Sabina and Crouch, Colin, eds. (2015) The consequences of labour market reforms in Europe: employment performance, employment quality and changing social risks. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53 (1). ISSN 0007-1080

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The view that wide-ranging reforms are needed to address Europe’s poor labour market performance has become widely accepted among scholars and policy makers alike. As a result, most European economies have experienced intense reform activity over the last two decades. While the type and scope of reforms differ across countries and over time, the common denominator of recent labour market reforms has been a move from standard forms of employee protection to the maximization of labour force participation. This volume brings together some of the leading authorities in the field as well as emerging younger scholars to provide a comprehensive examination of the consequences of such reforms for employment performance and individuals’ well being.

In contrast to previous studies, which focus on a single type of reform outcomes, this volume emphasizes the multidimensional consequences of labour market reforms. Specifically, we address three kinds of reform consequences: consequences for employment performance, consequences for the quality of employment, and consequences in terms of increasing insecurities and social risks.

The first of these themes provides an insight into the impact of reforms on various indicators of policy effectiveness, ranging from aggregate measures to more fine-grained indicators of employment performance that focus on specific groups, such as women and youth. The second theme examines policy effectiveness in terms of the quality of employment, and it provides new evidence on the growing prevalence of low-pay, non-standard work and an increasing segmentation of the labour market. Finally, the third theme focuses on the role of reforms associated with the recent financial crisis in aggravating labour market insecurities and bringing about compounded new and old social risks.

Item Type: Edited Special Journal Issue
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class
Depositing User: Sabina Avdagic
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 11:31
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 14:26
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