The Concept of Flexicurity: A New Approach to Regulating Employment and Labour Markets

Transfer, European Review of Labour and Research, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2004

24 Pages Posted: 19 May 2008

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Ton Wilthagen

Tilburg University

F.H. Tros

AIAS-HSI - University of Amsterdam

Abstract

This paper deals with the new policy concept of flexicurity in view of the emerging flexibility-security nexus that the European Union, national governments, sectors of industry, individual companies and workers are currently facing. On the one hand there is a strong demand for further flexibilisation of labour markets, employment and the work organisation. At same time, an equally strong demand exists for providing security to employees - especially vulnerable groups - and for preserving social cohesion in our societies. This paper discusses the origins, conditions en potential of flexicurity as policy or strategy at various levels of industrial relations that explicitly addresses this nexus. Besides the paper outlines a research agenda with respect to the flexicurity phenomenon.

Keywords: flexicurity, European Employment Strategy, social partners, industrial relations, negotiation

JEL Classification: J00, J2, K31

Suggested Citation

Wilthagen, Ton and Tros, F.H., The Concept of Flexicurity: A New Approach to Regulating Employment and Labour Markets. Transfer, European Review of Labour and Research, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1133932

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