This book investigates the changing patterns of labour market and unemployment policies in EU member states during the period since fiscal austerity took hold in 2010 during the deepest postwar recession in Europe.
Looking at the big European picture, do we see a convergence or a divergence in labour market and unemployment policy trends and outputs? Has labour market insecurity increased or decreased and can these changes be associated with the observed changes in labour market policies and macroeconomic conditions?
Written by leading experts in the field, the book provides detailed national case studies from across the EU, which span labour market regimes and intensities of fiscal pressures to explore whether, and if so how, retrenchment or expansion have taken place across different types of labour market policies and how these changes have been distributed across the well-protected and the less well-protected labour market populations.
Labour market policies in the era of European pervasive austerity: a review ~ Sotiria Theodoropoulou
Structural reforms in Europe: a comparative overview ~ Chiara Agostini and David Natali
Income support policies and labour market reforms under austerity in Greece ~ Manos Matsaganis
The Italian labour market policy reforms and the economic crisis: coming towards the end of Italian exceptionalism? ~ Patrik Vesan and Emmanuele Pavolini
French employment market policies: dualisation and destabilisation ~ Hélène Caune and Sotiria Theodoropoulou
The German exception: welfare protectionism instead of retrenchment ~ Werner Eichhorst and Anke Hassel
The Netherlands and the crisis: from activation to ‘deficiency compensation’ ~ Marcel Hoogenboom
Dualising the Swedish model: Insiders and outsiders and labour market policy reform in Sweden: an overview ~ Johan Bo Davidsson
No longer ‘fit for purpose’? Consolidation and catch-up in Irish labour market policy ~ Fiona Dukelow
Retrenchment, conditionality and flexibility: UK labour market policies in the era of austerity ~ Elke Heins and Hayley Bennett
Czechia: political experimentation or incremental reforms? ~ Tomáš Sirovátka
Slovakia: perpetual austerity and growing emphasis on activation ~ Stefan Domonkos
Slovenian labour market policies under austerity: narrowing the gap between the well- and the less well-protected in the labour market? ~ Miroljub Ignjatović and Maša Filipovič Hrast
Conclusions ~ Sotiria Theodoropoulou
"This edited volume provides the most exhaustive and systematic analysis of labour market policy reforms in Western and Eastern European countries during and after the 2007-08 financial crisis" Tim Vlandas, Associate Professor in Comparative Political Economy, University of Reading