IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/taf/revpoe/v24y2012i1p103-129.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Labor Market Institutions and the Role of Elites in Flexicurity Societies

Author

Listed:
  • Peter Flaschel
  • Alfred Greiner
  • Sigrid Luchtenberg

Abstract

The paper argues that a process of capital accumulation exhibiting recurrent mass unemployment—due to the conflict over income distribution—does not represent a process that is adequate for a democratic society in the long run. The paper develops a basic macrodynamic framework where this process of cyclical growth is overcome by an ‘employer of first resort’ (an entity that provides employment security but not job security), added to an economic reproduction process that is highly competitive (flexible). Such a flexicurity system is characterized by high labor and capital mobility, with fluctuations of employment in the private sector made socially acceptable through a second labor market where all remaining workers are able to find meaningful occupation and sufficient income. We study on this basis a disaggregation of the labor market into skilled and high-skilled labor, as well as professional and political elites. The stability and sustainability propositions of the homogeneous labor case generalize to this extended situation.

Suggested Citation

  • Peter Flaschel & Alfred Greiner & Sigrid Luchtenberg, 2012. "Labor Market Institutions and the Role of Elites in Flexicurity Societies," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(1), pages 103-129, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:24:y:2012:i:1:p:103-129
    DOI: 10.1080/09538259.2011.636605
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10.1080/09538259.2011.636605
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Ryunosuke Sonoda & Hiroaki Sasaki, 2015. "Differences in Wage-Determination Systems between Regular and Non-Regular Employment in a Kaleckian Model," Discussion papers e-14-018, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:24:y:2012:i:1:p:103-129. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Chris Longhurst). General contact details of provider: http://www.tandfonline.com/CRPE20 .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.