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The political economy of work security and flexibilityItaly in comparative perspective$
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Fabio Berton and Matteo Richiardi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429070

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429070.001.0001

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Worker security and the spread of non-standard work

Worker security and the spread of non-standard work

(p.1) One Worker security and the spread of non-standard work
The political economy of work security and flexibility

Fabio Berton

Matteo Richiardi

Stefano Sacchi

Policy Press

This volume investigates the relationship between labour market flexibility and worker security in advanced capitalist countries. This is done with reference to the Italian case put against the backdrop provided by Germany, Spain and Japan. These four countries have undergone massive changes in their labour markets in the past decades, witnessing substantial deregulation and the spread of non-standard work. This is defined by variation from the standard way of regulating a work relationship during the mature phase of industrial capitalism, that is, through a full-time open-ended dependent work contract. For those who hold a work contract, deviations may concern four dimensions: 1. the amount of working hours (part time versus full time); 2. the duration of the contract (fixed-term versus open-ended); 3. the overlap between the worker's counterpart in the employment contract and the user, supervisor and director of his or her work (direct-hire versus temporary agency work); and 4. the autonomy of the worker vis-à-vis the directive power of the employer (lower versus higher degrees of subordination to the employer).

Keywords:   Worker insecurity, Non-standard work, Precariousness, OECD Jobs Study, Flexibility, Italian labour market

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