This title was first published in 2000:  One of the most significant features to emerge in the world of work during the past decade has been the change from long-term employment, often with one employer, to a pattern of short-term, flexible working arrangements involving short-term contracts, frequent spells of unemployment, rapid movement into and out of employment and greater labour mobility. This text examines the social and economic consequences of this employment flexibility. The book derives from the 2nd Anglo-French Conference on the Transferability of Social Policy held in 1998, which focused on the problems created by employment flexibility and the appropriate policy responses, it also presents commentaries on the consequences of flexibility in Britain and France. It brings together British and French perspectives on such policy questions as the impact on families and their ability to plan in an atmosphere of economic insecurity, the manner in which French and British welfare systems are adapting, the impact on citizens' rights, the need, in both countries, to make pension arrangements more adaptable, and the potential for a "European citizenship" approach to the problem.

chapter 1|12 pages


ByJohn Edwards

part I|81 pages

State, Society and Employment

chapter 2|18 pages

Flexibility: In Search of a New Social Settlement

ByJean-Paul Révauger

chapter 4|11 pages

The New Employment Flexibility: the Perversion of an Ideal?

ByAntoine Capet

chapter 5|13 pages

Part-time Employment, the ‘Social Movement’ and Citizenship: Work in the Arts

ByLaurence Dreyfuss, Alain Marchand

chapter 6|19 pages

‘Modernisation’ or Insecurity: Labour Market Deregulation and State Retrenchment: the British Case

ByTony Cutler, Phillip James, Susanne Macgregor, Barbara Waine

part II|67 pages

Employment Uncertainty and Economic Security

chapter 7|20 pages

Mobility of Manpower in Europe and the Transfer of Social Rights

ByElaine Jaoui-Pylypiw

chapter 8|18 pages

Flexible Labour Markets, Citizenship and Pension Provision: a View from the UK

ByRuth Hancock, Claudine McCreadie

chapter 10|17 pages

Minimum Wages, Flexibility and Social Exclusion

ByAlan Gordon

part III|91 pages

Citizenship Rights and Employment Security

chapter 11|19 pages

Labour Market Flexibility, Security and Self-Respect

ByDavid Middleton

chapter 12|16 pages

Flexibility, Economic Security and Social Rights

ByJohn Edwards

chapter 13|27 pages

Citizenship and Work Obligations in Britain and France

ByAnthony Rees

chapter 14|22 pages

Labour Market Flexibility in Relation to Citizenship

ByIna Doornweerd

chapter 15|5 pages


ByJohn Edwards