The original essays in this book have been written by a number of leading international experts in the field of labour market studies to honour the intellectual contribution and lifetime achievement of Gunther Schmid.
The multidisciplinary contributions, which cover a variety of theoretical approaches, are all concerned with transitional labour markets and labour market policy in the new global economic environment. The authors first address current arguments and controversies regarding appropriate institutions for the formation and implementation of labour market and employment policies. They move on to focus on the policies and problems associated with enhancing gender equality in terms of labour market integration and transitions. Finally, they examine new institutional arrangements that they believe will both enhance the performance of transitional labour markets and improve the management of social risks.
Combining a theoretical approach with empirical research and a strong policy emphasis, the scope and diversity of this book will ensure a broad audience amongst economists, political scientists and academics in the fields of labour market theory and policy.
Edited by Hugh Mosley, Senior Research Fellow, International University Bremen, Germany, Jacqueline O'Reilly, Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management (Business and Management), University of Sussex, UK and Klaus Schoemann, International University Bremen, Germany
Contents Preface 1 Introduction Hugh Mosley, Jacqueline O'Reilly and Klaus Schoemann PART I NEW INSTITUTIONS FOR LABOUR MARKET POLICY 2 What can we learn from other countries? Comparative research on the impact of wages on employment performance Ronald Schettkat 3 Can Sweden's `Rehn-Meidner' model be put back on its feet? Lars Behrenz, Lennart Delander and Harald Niklasson 4 The changing public-private mix of labour market policy in Sweden Eskil Wadensjoe 5 Implementation structures for cooperative labour market policy: a bargaining theory approach Birgitta Rabe PART II GENDER EQUALITY IN TRANSITION 6 Gender mainstreaming and European employment policy Jill Rubery 7 Shared work/valued care: new norms for organizing market work and unpaid care work Eileen Appelbaum, Thomas Bailey, Peter Berg and Arne L. Kalleberg 8 The 1996 US welfare reform: objectives, effects and lessons Robert Haveman and Barbara Wolfe 9 The labour force transitions of first-time mothers in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden Siv Gustafsson, Eiko Kenjoh and Cecile Wetzels 10 Women between labour market integration and segregation: Germany and Sweden compared Hildegard Theobald and Friederike Maier PART III INSTITUTIONAL COORDINATION AND TRANSITIONAL LABOUR MARKETS 11 Transitional labour markets and scarcity: a preliminary analysis Bernard Gazier 12 Managing social risks with transitional labour markets Ton Wilthagen 13 Transitional labour markets: an economist's view Jaap de Koning 14 Transitional labour markets and employment stability Peter Auer and Sandrine Cazes 15 Self-employment transitions in Germany: the division of knowledge and the future of the self-employed entrepreneur Klaus Semlinger Index