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Youth Unemployment and Job Insecurity in Europe

Problems, Risk Factors and Policies Edited by Bjørn Hvinden, Professor, Christer Hyggen, Senior Researcher, Mi Ah Schoyen, Senior Researcher, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway and Tomáš Sirovátka, Professor, Institute for Public Policy and Social Work, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Providing original insights into the factors causing early job insecurity in European countries, this book examines its short- and long-term consequences. It assesses public policies seeking to diminish the risks to young people facing prolonged job insecurity and reduce the severity of these impacts. Based on the findings of a major study across nine European countries, this book examines the diverse strategies that countries across the continent use to help young people overcome employment barriers.
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 888 0
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  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Labour Policy
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
Providing original insights into the factors causing early job insecurity in European countries, this book examines the short- and long-term consequences. It assesses public policies seeking to diminish the risks to young people facing prolonged job insecurity and reduce the severity of these impacts.

Based on the findings of a major study of nine European countries, this book examines the diverse strategies that countries across the continent use to help young people overcome employment barriers. The authors present recommendations for governments to improve the job market environment and to support young people in finding suitable and stable employment.

A vital tool for European policymakers, this book provides new knowledge that will help improve existing policies, at both national and European levels. The detailed analysis of original data collected through innovative methods will prove highly useful to public policy and European studies scholars.
‘This excellent book analyses the challenge of youth unemployment, by focusing on its causes and consequences, during the Great Recession in Europe. Throughout the volume, it uses the notions of resilience, capability, and active agency, while also considering policy responses at various levels of governance. It is a very clearly articulated book, conceptually and analytically, which should be read by academics, students and policymakers interested in welfare and labour market issues.’
– Caroline De La Porte, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

‘This is the first volume of one of the most innovative studies on unemployment in recent years, exploring the sources of the persisting high rates of youth unemployment since the Great Recession. It provides valuable insight into the diverse patterns of youth unemployment and insecurity in the EU, the contribution of employer recruitment policies to scarring effects and the changing nature of national and EU policy responses.’
– Duncan Gallie, Nuffield College, Oxford, UK

‘A compelling collection of chapters addressing the crucial issues of the consequences of job insecurity and exclusion in the transition to adulthood and the policies to tackle them. A must-read for students, researchers, scholars and policymakers in the field of youth labour market integration.’
– Ana M. Guillén, University of Oviedo, Spain
Contributors: M.-L. Assmann, P. Boyadjieva, M. Bussi, I. Dingeldey, O. Hora, M. Horáková, B. Hvinden, C. Hyggen, P. Ilieva-Trichkova, C. Imdorf, M. Karamessini, P. Michoń, J. O’Reilly, D. Parsanoglou, S. Sacchi, R. Samuel, M.A. Schoyen, L.P. Shi, T. Sirovátka, G. Stamatopoulou, L. Steinberg, R. Stoilova, M. Symeonaki, A. Yfanti, G. Yordanova 



Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction
Bjørn Hvinden, Jacqueline O’Reilly, Tomáš Sirovátka and Mi Ah Schoyen

PART I: THE PROBLEM OF EARLY JOB INSECURITY AND THE CRISIS
2. Mapping early job insecurity impacts of the crisis in Europe
Maria Karamessini, Maria Symeonaki, Dimitris Parsanoglou and Glykeria Stamatopoulou

3. Factors explaining youth unemployment and early job insecurity in Europe
Maria Karamessini, Maria Symeonaki, Glykeria Stamatopoulou and Dimitris Parsanoglou

4. The Great Recession and the youth labour market in European countries: The demographic versus the labour market effect
Piotr Michoń

5. Scars of early job insecurity across Europe: Insights from a multi-country employer study
Christian Imdorf, Lulu P. Shi, Stefan Sacchi, Robin Samuel, Christer Hyggen, Rumiana Stoilova, Gabriela Yordanova, Pepka Boyadjieva, Petya Ilieva-Trichkova, Dimitris Parsanoglou and Aggeliki Yfanti

6. (Un)realized agency in a situation of early job insecurity: Patterns of young people’s agency regarding employment
Pepka Boyadjieva and Petya Ilieva-Trichkova

PART II: POLICIES FOR DEALING WITH EARLY JOB INSECURITY
7. Diversity of youth policy regimes and early job insecurity – towards an integrated approach
Ondřej Hora, Markéta Horáková and Tomáš Sirovátka

8. Policy adaptation to address early job insecurity in Europe
Ondřej Hora, Markéta Horáková and Tomáš Sirovátka

9. Horizontal and vertical coordination of the European Youth Guarantee
Irene Dingeldey, Lisa Steinberg and Marie-Luise Assmann

10. Has the European Social Fund been effective in supporting young people?
Margherita Bussi, Bjørn Hvinden and Mi Ah Schoyen

PART III: CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS
11. Implications for policymaking
Bjørn Hvinden, Jacqueline O´Reilly, Tomáš Sirovátka, Mi Ah Schoyen and Christer Hyggen

Appendix

Index