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Tensions between Flexibility and Security

by Amélie Guisseau last modified 27-07-2010 09:43




Giuliano Bonoli Jochen Clasen
BONOLI Giuliano email CLASEN Jochen email

P04 - Institut des Hautes Études en
Administration Publiques

P29 - University of Edinburgh


The overall objective of WP01 is to investigate the tensions between labour market flexibility on the one hand, and socio-economic security on the other.



Data Collection

The main objective of this set of tasks is to identify existing data sources that are of relevance to the tension between labour market flexibility and socio-economic security. In close cooperation with the RECWOWE European Data Centre (EDACwowe) the aim is to produce data inventories that clearly point to the whereabouts of data sets containing relevant indicators.

Two data inventories have been produced by WP01 so far:

Integrating Activities

The main objectives of this set of tasks is: 1) to identify existing research relevant to the tension between labour market flexibility and socio-economic security and 2) to improve the degree of integration of ongoing research within the strand.

Earlier tasks included a 'state of the art' report (D01.03) on the concept of flexicurity, which synthesised empirical research findings and reviewed the litterature on this core concept which expresses the tension between labour market flexibility and social protection. Making use of this report, subsequent and partly on-going tasks reviewed research on the social and institutional aspects of activation (T01.11), explored questions regarding the political feasibility of flexicurity-oriented reforms (T01.12) and assesed the consequences of labour market flexibility in terms of pension entitlement of labour market insecurity (T01.13).

Three new tasks have been launched for the third 18-month period (October 2008-March 2010):
  • One conceptual aim of T01.21: 'The impact of activation strategies on social citizenship' is to ellaborate a common understanding of social citizenship and to develop an appropriate analytical framework.
  • In T01.22: 'Employers' recruitment decisions, labour market disadvantage and active labour market policies', WP01 continues to work on statistical discrimation in the context of activation, with an exploratory empirical study based on interviews with employers.
  • T01.23: 'Unemployment protection - adapting to post-industrial labour markets' adopts an institutional perspective and seeks to generate better understanding of the recent developments of unemployment systems accross ten European countries.




  • Working papers

- Giuliano Bonoli, The political economy of active labour market policy

- Markus Tepe, Public administration employment in 17 OECD nations from 1995 to 2005

- Fabio Bertozzi, Giuliano Bonoli, Measuring Flexicurity at the Macro Level

- Elke Viebrock, Jochen Clasen, Flexicurity - a state-of-the-art review


  • Papers:

Papers presented in the frame of WP01


  • Activity reports:
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