This book examines innovative theoretical perspectives and novel labour market policy responses to Europe's changing work demands, employment careers and life courses. It presents creative ideas and recommendations for flexicurity policies at various levels and in different social and economic contexts. The driving factors determining the performance of dissimilar pathways in Europe are identified in regard to their impact on the flexibility/security nexus. Key issues in the current European policy debate are addressed, including how innovative policies are designed in the areas of working time, education, work-life balance, employment relations, retirement and migration, how they are put into practice and what determines their level of success.This volume is an authoritative overview of innovative labour market policies and research findings, with a strong thematic emphasis on life course, transitional labour market and flexicurity approaches. It encompasses a wide array of European countries and is written by a multidisciplinary group of established scholars. This book will be of great interest to researchers, academics and policy makers.
Contents:Preface1. Innovating Labour Markets in Europe: An IntroductionTon Wilthagen, Ruud Muffels, Peter Ester and Joop SchippersPART I: TRANSITIONAL LABOUR MARKETS IN EUROPE2. Labour Market Policy in Flanders: How to Tackle Vicious Circles and False BeliefsFrank Vandenbroucke3. How Willing are Europeans to Migrate? A Comparison of Migration Intentions in Western and Eastern EuropeDidier Fouarge and Peter Ester4. Labour Markets in Central and Eastern Europe: From Transition to StabilisationSandrine Cazes and Alena Nesporova5. Pathways to Flexicurity in Europe: Do They Affect Male and Female Labour Market Transition PatternsRuud MuffelsPART II: FLEXICURITY AND WORKING TIME ARRANGEMENTS6. 'Project-based Employment' and Models of the Employment ContractDavid Marsden7. Working Time Flexibility Across EuropeMarcel Kerkhofs, Heejung Chung and Peter Ester8. Mapping Flexicurity in the EUGreet Vermeylen9. Long-term Working Time Accounts and Life Course Policies: Preliminary Results of a Representative Company SurveyPhilip Wotschack and Eckart HildebrandtPART III: LIFE COURSE TRANSITIONS AND CAREERS10. Active Ageing in Europe: Innovating the Management of Transitions from Work to RetirementGunther Schmid11. Get the Balance Right: Risk and Flexibility in School-to-Work Transition Sequences Christian Brzinsky-Fay12. Diverging Career Paths: Mind Your Step! Amelia Roman, Joop Schippers and Leen Heylen13. Conclusions on Innovating Labour Markets: Dynamics and PerspectivesRuud Muffels, Joop Schippers, Ton Wilthagen and Peter EsterIndex
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