ABSTRACT

In recent years, the concept of flexicurity has come to occupy a central place in political and academic debates regarding employment and social policy. It fosters a view in which the need for continuously increasing flexibility is the basic assumption, and the understanding of security increasingly moves from social protection to self-insurance or individual adaptability. Moreover, it rejects the traditional contradictions between flexibility and security, blending the two into a single notion and thus depoliticizing the relationships between capital and labour. This volume provides a critical discussion of the flexicurity concept, the theories upon which it is built and the ideas that it transmits about work, unemployment and social justice. It shows that flexicurity fosters the further individualization of social protection, an increase in precariousness and the further weakening of labour in relation to capital. The authors present a series of alternative theoretical, normative and policy approaches that provide due attention to the collective and political dimension of vulnerability and allow for the development of new societal projects based on alternative values and assumptions.

chapter 1|26 pages

The Power to Name and Struggles over Meaning: The Concept of Flexicurity

ByMAARTEN KEUNE, AMPARO SERRANO

chapter 2|20 pages

Class Relations and Labour-Market Reforms

ByCOLIN CROUCH

chapter 3|21 pages

From Flexicurity to Social Employment Regimes

ByCARLOS PRIETO

chapter 6|19 pages

Labour, Capabilities, and Situated Democracy

ByROBERT SALAIS

chapter 7|17 pages

From Flexicurity to Capabilities: In Search of Professional Development

ByBÉNÉDICTE ZIMMERMANN

chapter 9|24 pages

Quality of Employment: An Alternative to Flexicurity?

ByDOMINIQUE MÉDA