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Atypical Employment and Flexicurity


  • Berndt Keller

    () (University of Konstanz, Department of Public Policy and Management)

  • Hartmut Seifert

    () (Institute for Economic and Social Research within the Hans-B”ckler-Foundation)


Hitherto, discussion of flexicurity has focused on normal employment (Normalarbeitsverh„ltnis), with atypical work receiving only cursory attention. This paper attempts to remedy this conceptual oversight by identifying strategies for reducing the social risks. We begin by analysing the two components that make up flexicurity. Therefore, we draw on the conceptual framework of forms of flexibilization. As far as social security is concerned, we propose a set of criteria that take into account shortterm and long-term effects. We then describe the different forms of atypical work and their development since the 1980s. It is necessary to establish which individuals are particularly affected. Then we discuss the extent to which the individual forms are not just atypical but also precarious. Finally, we offer further reflections on the concept of flexicurity.

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  • Berndt Keller & Hartmut Seifert, 2005. "Atypical Employment and Flexicurity," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 16(3), pages 304-323.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2005_03_keller

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    1. Tangian, Andranik, 2006. "Monitoring flexicurity policies in Europe from three different viewpoints," WSI Working Papers 145, The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI), Hans-Böckler-Foundation.
    2. Eichhorst, Werner & Kahanec, Martin & Kendzia, Michael J. & Wehner, Caroline & al., et, 2013. "Report No. 54: Social Protection Rights of Economically Dependent Self-employed Workers," IZA Research Reports 54, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Tangian, Andranik, 2006. "European flexicurity: concepts (operational definitions), methodology (monitoring instruments), and policies (consistent implementations)," WSI Working Papers 148, The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI), Hans-Böckler-Foundation.

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    Atypical Emplyoment; Flexicurity; Flexibilization; Flexibility; Normalsarbeitsverh„ltnis;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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