Neo-liberalism and ‘Active’ Labor Market Policies: Dilemmas and Debates

Active labor market policies have assumed growing importance since the end of the nineties. The concept of flexicurity (Wilthagen and Tross, 2004) has been particularly influential. Although under the financial crisis and austerity measures flexicurity has received severe criticisms (Burroni and Keune, 2011), the concrete impact of such policy orientations, presumed to reduce the risks of precariousness and job insecurity for nonstandard workers, strongly varies from country to country. The result has generated a host of dilemmas concerning policy responses to long term unemployment, labor market subsidies for older, disabled, or minority workers, as well as how best to combine security for workers facing transitions with the flexibility that firms need to compete on the global stage. Moreover, the search for new trade-offs between flexibility and security does not only emanate from public labor policies: it also results from experimental initiatives, emerging at a micro level either in the private or non-profit sectors (Pulignano, Doerflinger, and DeFranceschi, 2016; Lorquet, Pichault and Orianne, 2015). The papers in this workshop confront these issues, addressing theoretical and empirical questions regarding how labor market uncertainties might best be managed in an era of rapid economic change.

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