This edited volume investigates the changing patterns of labour market and unemployment policies in EU member states during the period since the politics of austerity took hold in 2010. Written by leading experts in the field, the book provides detailed national case studies from across the EU, which span labour market regimes and fiscal pressures to explore whether, and if so how, retrenchment or expansion have taken place across the well-protected and the less well-protected labour market populations.
Sotiria Theodoropoulou is a Senior Researcher at the ETUI (European Trade Union Institute) where she has been investigating and publishing on the effects of EU policy responses to the financial crisis on the economic performance and labour market policies in Europe. She gained her PhD from the LSE where she also taught courses on the economic analysis of the EU.
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 ~ Helene 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? ~ Tomas Sirovatka 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 Ignjatovi? and Masa Filipovi? Hrast Conclusions ~ Sotiria Theodoropoulou