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Why Deregulate Labour Markets? - Gøsta Esping-Andersen

Why Deregulate Labour Markets?

By: Gøsta Esping-Andersen (Editor), Marino Regini (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2000
ISBN: 9780199240524
Number Of Pages: 357

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Europe's mass unemployment and the call for extensive labour market de-regulation have, perhaps more than any other contemporary issue, impassioned political debate and academic research. With contributions from economists, political scientists and sociologists, Why Deregulate Labour Markets? takes a hard look at the empirical connections between unemployment and regulation in Europe today, utilizing both in-depth nation analyses and broader-based international comparisons. The book demonstrates that Europe's mass unemployment cannot be directly ascribed to excessive worker protection. Labour market rigidities can, however, be harmful for particular groups. The weight of the evidence suggests that a radical strategy of de-regulation would probably cause more harm than benefits for European economic performance.

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This is an important and very useful book in summarizing and synthesizing a vast and disparate literature on this issue and clarifying some of the trade offs implicit in pursing the high or low road to flexibility and modernizing labour markets. It should provide a very useful resource for teaching for courses in the humanities and at business schools, as well as providing an important contribution to a debate that has not ended. British Journal of Sociology The arguments are delivered in a clear and systematic way. The book presents a good combination of general, comparative perspectives and a more in-depth presentation of national cases ... keeps its distance from statistical macroeconomic approaches: it presents a lot of quantitative material, but also puts it in a social and political context. Quarterly of the European Trade Union Institute

Gøsta Esping-Andersen and Mario Regini: Introduction PART I. LABOUR MARKET REFORM IN EUROPE Mario Regini: The dilemmas of labour market regulation Manuela Samek: The dynamics of labour market reform in European countries Gøsta Esping-Andersen: Who is harmed by Labour Market Regulations? Quantitative Evidence Gøsta Esping-Andersen: Regulation and context. Reconsidering the correlates of unemployment PART II. NATIONAL VARIATIONS Simon Deakin and Hannah Reed: River Crossing or Cold Bath? Deregulation and Employment in Britain Anders Björklund: Going different ways: labour market policy in Denmark and Sweden Cees Gorter: The Dutch miracle? Susanne Fuchs and Ronald Schettkat: Germany: A regulated flexibility Miguel A. Malo, Luis Toharia and Jerome Gautié: France: The deregulation that never existed Manuel Samek Lodovici: Italy: the long times of consensual re-regulation Luis Toharia and Miguel A. Malo: The Spanish experiment: pros and cons of the flexibility at the margin Gøsta Esping-Andersen and Mario Regini: Conclusions

ISBN: 9780199240524
ISBN-10: 0199240523
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 357
Published: 1st July 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.8  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.56

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