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Palgrave Macmillan

Non-Standard Employment in Europe

Paradigms, Prevalence and Policy Responses

ISBN 9781137267153
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Work and Welfare in Europe

'Non-standard' employment is becoming more common. Fewer people are working full-time and/or have permanent employment contracts; more are working part-time, have fixed-term contracts or are self-employed. Many scholars have pointed to the negative consequences of this development, including 'precarious' forms of employment and in-work poverty. This volume provides a thorough theoretical and empirical analysis of these processes by understanding the 'destandardization' of employment in Europe and the associated modifications in socio-economic regulation both at national and EU level. The book provides country studies of the UK, Spain, Germany, Poland, Croatia, and the Nordic countries and offers comparative European analyses of part-time and fixed-term employment in relation to in-work poverty, exclusion and anomie. Emphasis is on 'best practice' in the governance of non-standard employment. Is there evidence for a new and socially inclusive European employment standard?

Max Koch is Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Welfare, Lund University, Sweden. His recent publications include Capitalism and Climate Change: Theoretical Discussion, Historical Development and Policy Responses and Diversity, Standardization and Social Transformation: Gender, Ethnicity and Inequality in Europe (co-edited with Lesley McMillan and Bram Peper).

Martin Fritz is Research Assistant at the EUROLAB, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany.

Preface; Richard Hyman
Introduction: Changing Employment Standards in a Crisis-ridden Europe; Martin Fritz and Max Koch

1. A Conceptual Approach of the Destandardization of Employment in Europe since the 1970s; Jean-Claude Barbier
2. Employment Standards in Transition: From Fordism to Finance-Driven Capitalism ; Max Koch
3. Non-Standard Employment and European Union Employment Regulation; Julia S. O'Connor

4. The Expansion of Temporary Employment in Spain (1984-2010): Neither Socially Fair nor Economically Productive; Jorge Sola, Luis Enrique Alonso, Carlos J. Fernández Rodríguez and Rafael Ibáñez Rojo
5. 'Flexicurity' through Normalization? Changes in Scope, Composition and Conditions of Temporary Employment in Croatia; Teo Matković
6. Destandardization of Employment in the UK: Issues, Politics and Policy Re-Invention; Lefteris Kretsos and Miguel Martínez Lucio
7. Non-Standard Employment in Poland: Option or Necessity?; Anna Buchner-Jeziorska
8. Revival of the 'German Model'? Destandardization and the New Labour Market Regime; Hajo Holst and Klaus Dörre
9. Non-Standard Employment and Perceptions of Job Characteristics and Labour Market Situation: An Intra-Nordic Comparison; Bengt Furåker

10. Should We Care about Part-Time Work from a Poverty Perspective? An Analysis for the EU15 Countries; Jeroen Horemans and Ive Marx
11. Temporary Employment and Poverty in the Enlarged European Union: An Empirical and Comparative Analysis; Wim Van Lancker
12. Non-Standard Employment and Anomie in the EU; Martin Fritz
13. Conclusion: Non-Standard Employment: Concept, Empirical Results and Policy Implications; Max Koch and Martin Fritz

Luis Enrique Alonso,Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Jean-Claude Barbier, Panthéon-Sorbonne University, France
Anna Buchner-Jeziorska, University of Łódź, Poland
Klaus Dörre, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Germany
Carlos J. Fernández Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Bengt Furåker, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Hajo Holst, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Jeroen Horemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Rafael Ibáñez Rojo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Lefteris Kretsos, University of Greenwich, UK
Miguel Martinez Lucio, University of Manchester, UK
Ive Marx, Antwerp University, Belgium
Teo Matković, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Julia S. O'Connor, University of Ulster, UK
Jorge Sola, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Wim Van Lancker, University of Antwerp, Belgium


"Provides a rich overview of the development of NSE and its consequences, while giving justice to the diversity of national and socio-demographic contexts. It will be particularly rewarding for readers who would like to familiarise themselves with the topic." - Journal of Social Policy
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