WP 9 - Dealing with the "flexibility-security-nexus": Institutions, strategies, opportunities and barriers
AbstractThis paper discusses the “flexibility-security nexus” which has become manifest in employment, the labour market and industrial relations. The starting point of the paper is the concept of “flexicurity”, viewed as a particular way of dealing with the aforementioned nexus. The analysis focuses on four EU-member states: Denmark, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The paper explores differences in the emphasis put on types and levels of flexibility and security, the particular trade-offs between forms of flexibility and security and the institutional contexts that “govern” these types, levels and trade-offs. In doing so the paper highlights important barriers, opportunities and challenges in dealing with the flexibilitysecurity nexus. Coordinated decentralisation and flexible multi-level governance in national IR-systems seem to represent important preconditions for the introduction of flexicurity arrangements, as the Danish and Dutch cases show.
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Date of creation: Jan 2003
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- Wilthagen, Ton, 1998. "Flexicurity: a new paradigm for labour market policy reform?," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Labor Market Policy and Employment FS I 98-202, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
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