This edited volume investigates the changing patterns of labour market and unemployment policies in EU member states during the period since fiscal austerity took hold in 2010 during the deepest postwar recession in Europe.
Looking at the big European picture, do we see a convergence or a divergence in labour market and unemployment policy trends and outputs? Has labour market insecurity increased or decreased and can these changes be associated with the observed changes in labour market policies and macroeconomic conditions?
Written by leading experts in the field, the book provides detailed national case studies from across the EU, which span labour market regimes and intensities of fiscal pressures to explore whether, and if so how, retrenchment or expansion have taken place across different types of labour market policies and how these changes have been distributed across the well-protected and the less well-protected labour market populations.
Labour market policies in the era of European pervasive austerity: a review ~ Sotiria Theodoropoulou;
Structural Reforms in Europe: A Comparative Overview ~ Chiara Agostini and David Natali;
Income support policies and labour market reforms under austerity in Greece ~ Manos Matsaganis;
The Italian labour market policy reforms and the economic crisis: Coming towards the end of Italian exceptionalism? ~ Patrik Vesan and Emmanuele Pavolini;
French employment market policies: Dualisation and destabilisation ~ Hélène Caune and Sotiria Theodoropoulou;
The German exception: Welfare protectionism instead of retrenchment ~ Werner Eichhorst and Anke Hassel;
The Netherlands and the crisis: From activation to ‘deficiency compensation’ ~ Marcel Hoogenboom;
Dualizing the Swedish Model: Insiders and outsiders and labour market policy reform in Sweden: An overview ~ Johan Bo Davidsson;
No longer ‘fit for purpose’? Consolidation and catch-up in Irish labour market policy ~ Fiona Dukelow;
Retrenchment, conditionality and flexibility: UK labour market policies in the era of austerity ~ Elke Heins and Hayley Bennett;
Czechia: Political experimentation or incremental reforms? ~ Tomáš Sirovátka;
Slovakia: Perpetual austerity and growing emphasis on activation ~ Stefan Domonkos;
Slovenian labour market policies under austerity: Narrowing the gap between the well- and the less well-protected in the labour market? ~ Miroljub Ignjatovi? and Maša Filipovi? Hrast;
Conclusion ~ Sotiria Theodoropoulou.