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"Employment precariousness" in a European cross-national perspective. A sociological review of thirty years of research


  • Jean-Claude Barbier

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


What has been analysed in France mainly under the term "précarité de l'emploi" over the past 30 years was mostly dealt with differently in other countries (atypical, non-standard employment). Research on these issues dates back to the 1970s in sociology and institutional economics. More recently some political scientists have endeavoured to link up the labour market theme with developments in systems of social protection and they are talking about "dualism" and "dualization". Despite the constant intellectual investment put into the topic, it is striking that indicators for comparative measurement of the phenomenon have remained rather unsophisticated, as the basic opposition between what Eurostat names "temporary contracts" and "open-ended contracts". On the other hand, because of the spreading of the effects of work and employment flexibilisation into new countries, new categories are appearing since the early 2000s (Prekariat, vulnerable workers, and even "precarity").

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  • Jean-Claude Barbier, 2011. ""Employment precariousness" in a European cross-national perspective. A sociological review of thirty years of research," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00654370, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00654370
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    1. Peter AUER & Sandrine CAZES, 2000. "The resilience of the long-term employment relationship: Evidence from the industrialized countries," International Labour Review, International Labour Organization, vol. 139(4), pages 379-408, December.
    2. Lucie Davoine & Christine Erhel & Mathilde Guergoat-Larivière, 2008. "A Taxonomy of European Labour Markets Using Quality Indicators," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00317280, HAL.
    3. Lucie Davoine & Christine Erhel, 2012. "La qualité de l'emploi," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00858317, HAL.
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    Europeanization; Precariousness; non-standard work; internal labour markets; a-typical employment; dualization; Europeanization.; Précarité; travail non standard; marché interne du travail; emploi atypique; dualisation; européanisation.;

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