After the financial crisis of 2008 youth unemployment soared across Europe, leaving a generation of highly qualified young people frustrated in their search for secure, meaningful work.
With contributions from over 90 authors and more than 60 individual contributions this collection summarises the findings of a large-scale EU funding project on Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (STYLE).
Including the often overlooked and unheard voices of young people themselves, this eclectic range of contributions discuss the distinctive characteristics of the current phase of youth employment.
It provides a comprehensive analysis of the causes of European youth unemployment and assesses the effectiveness of labour market policies across the region.
Jacqueline O’Reilly, is the STYLE project coordinator, and Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management at the University of Sussex Business School.
Clémentine Moyart is the Social Inclusion Coordinator at the Brussels Office of the Belgian Red Cross
Tiziana Nazio is Marie Curie Research Fellow at WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Affiliate Fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto
Mark Smith is Professor of Human Resource Management and Dean of Faculty at Grenoble Ecole de Management, France.
Introduction: Strategic transitions for youth labour in Europe~Jacqueline O’Reilly, Mark Smith, Tiziana Nazio and Clémentine Moyart;
Young People’s attitudes and values;
Which countries perform best and why?;
What can we learn about policy innovation?;
Sills and education mismatch;
Migration and mobility;
Flexible working and precariousness;
Inspirational music and film.
“Bringing together academic research with adventures and experiences of young people within the project and beyond...it is much more than a book. It is an anthology of contemporary youth experiences.” Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen
"Collaborative research at its very best." Marge Unt,Tallinn University
"Essential reading for policy makers and researchers…It is the clearest guide yet as to how the last 10 years have affected young peoples’ transitions into adult life and work." Brendan Burchell, University of Cambridge
“Read this handbook to understand the causes and consequences of youth unemployment in Europe...Learn which policies make a positive difference for young peoples' employment opportunities.” Professor Colette Fagan, University of Manchester, UK
“An insightful analysis of commonalities and differences in the constraints young people encounter in accessing resources for a full adult autonomous life across European countries, social classes and gender.” Chiara Saraceno, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy
"A must read: It will stimulate mutual learning both in terms of policy exchanges as well as interdisciplinary fertilization." Günther Schmid, Free University Berlin and Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)