Regulating the Risk of Unemployment: National Adaptations to Post-Industrial Labour Markets in…

Paperback | November 1, 2013

EditorJochen Clasen, Daniel Clegg

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Regulating the Risk of Unemployment offers a systematic comparative analysis of the recent adaptation of European unemployment protection systems to increasingly post-industrial labour markets. These systems were mainly designed and institutionalized in predominantly industrial economies,characterized by relatively standardized employment relationships and stable career patterns, as well as plentiful employment opportunities even for those with low skills. Over the past two to three decades they have faced the challenge of an accelerating shift to a primarily service-based economy,accompanied by demands for greater flexibility in wages and terms and conditions in low-skill segments of the labour market as well as pressures to maximise labour force participation given the more limited potential for productivity-led growth. The book develops an original framework for analysing adaptive reform in unemployment protection along three discrete dimensions of institutional change, which are termed benefit homogenization, risk re-categorization, and activation. This framework is then used to structure analysis of twenty yearsof unemployment protection reform in twelve European countries. In addition to mapping reforms along these dimensions, the country studies analyse the political and institutional factors that have shaped national patterns of adaptation. Complementary comparative analyses explore the effects ofbenefit reforms on the operation of the labour market, assess evolving patterns of working-age benefit dependency, and examine the changing role of active labour market policies in the regulation of the risk of unemployment.

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Regulating the Risk of Unemployment offers a systematic comparative analysis of the recent adaptation of European unemployment protection systems to increasingly post-industrial labour markets. These systems were mainly designed and institutionalized in predominantly industrial economies,characterized by relatively standardized employm...

Jochen Clasen gained his Diploma in Sociology at the Free University of Berlin in 1988 and a PhD at Edinburgh University in 1992 in Sociology and Social Policy. Professor Clasen is an expert in cross-national research on social security and unemployment policy, and has particular expertise in social policy comparisons between Germany ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of FiguresList of TablesList of AppendicesList of AbbreviationsList of AnnexesList of contributors1. J. Clasen and D. Clegg: Unemployment Protection and Labour Market Change in Europe: Towards 'Triple Integration'?Part I: National developments2. J. Clasen: The United Kingdom - Towards a Single Working-Age Benefit3. D. Clegg: France - Integration versus Dualisation4. I. Dingeldey: Germany - Moving Towards Integration Whilst Maintaining Segmentation5. M. Hoogenboom: The Netherlands - Two Tiers for All6. J. De Deken: Belgium - A Precursor Muddling Through?7. C. Champion: Switzerland - A Latecomer Catching Up?8. M. Jessoula and P. Vesan: Italy - Partial Adaptation of an Atypical Benefit System9. F. J. Mato: Spain - Fragmented Unemployment Protection in a Segmented Labour Market10. J. Goul Andersen: Denmark - Ambiguous Modernisation of an Inclusive Unemployment Protection System11. O. Sjoberg: Sweden - Ambivalent Adjustment12. A. Duman and A. Scharle: Hungary - Fiscal Pressures and a Rising Resentment Against the (idle) Poor13. O. Hora and T. Sirovatka: The Czech Republic -Activation, Diversification and MarginalisationPart II: Cross-National Perspectives14. W. Eichhorst, R. Konle-Seidl; A. Koslowski, P. Marx: Quantity over Quality? A European Comparison of the Changing Nature of Transitions Between Non-Employment and Employment15. J. De Deken and J. Clasen: Tracking Caseloads - The Changing Composition of Working-Age Benefit Receipt in Europe16. G. Bonoli: Active Labour Market Policies in a Changing Economic Context17. J. Clasen and D. Clegg: The Transformation of Unemployment Protection in Europe

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"This volume fills a gap in helping to explain some major policy shortcomings...The inter-disciplinary analysis of this volume constitutes a precious tool for policy-makers, social actors and academics about how and why unemployment and labour market policies evolved in different ways indifferent political contexts, and what were the outcomes and implications for regulatory arrangements, institutional adjustment and social inclusion/exclusion." --Hedva Sarfati, International Social Security Review