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The Labour Market Triangle
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The Labour Market Triangle

Employment Protection, Unemployment Compensation and Activation in Europe

9781848444782 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Paul de Beer, Henri Polak Professor of Industrial Relations, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Trudie Schils, Assistant Professor of Economics, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84844 478 2 Extent: 256 pp
Currently, European governments are being challenged to find an optimal social policy strategy that fosters 'flexicurity’, whereby a flexible, well-functioning labour market is achieved, whilst protection for workers is maintained. This fascinating book presents an in-depth study of the particular combination of unemployment insurance, employment protection and active labour market policies prevalent in seven European countries. The editors explore the formal laws and regulations, as well as the administration and implementation of social policy, paying special attention to the role of the social partners. The country comparison shows that the combination of social policy instruments is important to labour market performance, but that multiple optimal mixes already seem to exist.

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This fascinating book presents an in-depth study of the particular combination of unemployment insurance, employment protection and active labour market policies prevalent in seven European countries.

Currently, European governments are being challenged to find an optimal social policy strategy that fosters 'flexicurity’, whereby a flexible, well-functioning labour market is achieved, while protection for workers is maintained. The contributors explore the formal laws and regulations, as well as the administration and implementation of social policy, paying special attention to the role of the social partners. A detailed country comparison shows that the combination of social policy instruments is important to labour market performance, but that multiple optimal mixes already appear to exist.

The Labour Market Triangle will prove invaluable to academics in the field of policy research, including economists, sociologists and political scientists. Policy advisers and practitioners in the field of social policy, as well as representatives of trade unions, employers associations and political parties will find this multidisciplinary book of great interest.
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Contributors: J.-C. Barbier, P. de Beer, J. Clasen, J. De Deken, B. Ebbinghaus, W. Eichhorst, Per Kongshøj Madsen, T. Schils, E. Wadensjö
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Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: Achieving an Optimal Social Policy Mix
Paul de Beer and Trudie Schils

2. Sweden
Eskil Wadensjö

3. Denmark
Per Kongshøj Madsen

4. The United Kingdom
Jochen Clasen

5. The Netherlands
Trudie Schils

6. Germany
Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Werner Eichhorst

7. Belgium
Johan De Deken

8. France
Jean-Claude Barbier

9. Conclusion: Is There a Golden Triangle?
Paul de Beer and Trudie Schils

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