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Innovating European Labour Markets

Dynamics and Perspectives 
Edited by Peter Ester, General Director, OSA, Institute for Labour Studies and Professor of Sociology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, Ruud Muffels, Professor of Socio-Economics (Labour Market and Social Security), Tilburg University, the Netherlands, Joop Schippers, Professor of Labour and Gender Economics, Utrecht University and Research Director, OSA, Institute for Labour Studies, Tilburg University, the Netherlands and Ton Wilthagen, Professor of Institutional and Legal Aspects of the Labour Market, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
This book examines innovative theoretical perspectives and novel labour market policy responses to Europe’s changing work demands, employment careers and life courses. It presents creative ideas and recommendations for flexicurity policies at various levels and in different social and economic contexts. The driving factors determining the performance of dissimilar pathways in Europe are identified in regard to their impact on the flexibility/security nexus. Key issues in the current European policy debate are addressed, including how innovative policies are designed in the areas of working time, education, work–life balance, employment relations, retirement and migration, how they are put into practice and what determines their level of success.
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Publication Date: 2008
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Labour Economics
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Labour Policy
This book examines innovative theoretical perspectives and novel labour market policy responses to Europe’s changing work demands, employment careers and life courses. It presents creative ideas and recommendations for flexicurity policies at various levels and in different social and economic contexts. The driving factors determining the performance of dissimilar pathways in Europe are identified in regard to their impact on the flexibility/security nexus. Key issues in the current European policy debate are addressed, including how innovative policies are designed in the areas of working time, education, work–life balance, employment relations, retirement and migration, how they are put into practice and what determines their level of success.

This volume is an authoritative overview of innovative labour market policies and research findings, with a strong thematic emphasis on life course, transitional labour market and flexicurity approaches. It encompasses a wide array of European countries and is written by a multidisciplinary group of established scholars. This book will be of great interest to researchers, academics and policy makers.
Contributors: C. Brzinsky-Fay, S. Cazes, H. Chung, P. Ester, D. Fouarge, L. Heylen, E. Hildebrandt, M. Kerkhofs, D. Marsden, R. Muffels, A. Nesporova, A. Román, J. Schippers, G. Schmid, F. Vandenbroucke, G. Vermeylen, T. Wilthagen, P. Wotschack
Contents:

Preface

1. Innovating European Labour Markets: An Introduction
Ton Wilthagen, Ruud Muffels, Peter Ester and Joop Schippers

PART I: TRANSITIONAL LABOUR MARKETS IN EUROPE
2. Labour Market Policy in Flanders: How to Tackle Vicious Circles and False Beliefs
Frank Vandenbroucke

3. How Willing are Europeans to Migrate? A Comparison of Migration Intentions in Western and Eastern Europe
Didier Fouarge and Peter Ester

4. Labour Markets in Central and Eastern Europe: From Transition to Stabilisation
Sandrine Cazes and Alena Nesporova

5. Pathways to Flexicurity in Europe: Do They Affect Male and Female Labour Market Transition Patterns?
Ruud Muffels

PART II: FLEXICURITY AND WORKING TIME ARRANGEMENTS
6. ‘Project-based Employment’ and Models of the Employment Contract
David Marsden

7. Working Time Flexibility Across Europe
Marcel Kerkhofs, Heejung Chung and Peter Ester

8. Mapping Flexicurity in the EU
Greet Vermeylen

9. Working-life Time Accounts in German Companies: New Opportunities for Structuring Working Hours and Careers?
Philip Wotschack and Eckart Hildebrandt

PART III: LIFE COURSE TRANSITIONS AND CAREERS
10. Active Ageing in Europe: Innovating the Management of Transitions from Work to Retirement
Günther Schmid

11. Get the Balance Right: Risk and Flexibility in School-to-Work Transition Sequences
Christian Brzinsky-Fay

12. Diverging Career Paths: Mind Your Step!
Amelia Román, Joop Schippers and Leen Heylen

13. Conclusions on Innovating European Labour Markets: Dynamics and Perspectives
Ruud Muffels, Joop Schippers, Ton Wilthagen and Peter Ester

Index