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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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(p.147) Eight Conclusions
The political economy of work security and flexibility

Fabio Berton

Matteo Richiardi

Stefano Sacchi

Policy Press

The analyses in the volume lead to the conclusion that, in all the countries studied albeit in different degrees, flexibility introduced through deregulation of non-standard work has come at the price of segmentation of the labour market as far as worker security is concerned. Building on these results, at least three issues are of main relevance in determining worker (in)security outcomes: reduced turnover costs for the employer; social contributions and wage rebates, exclusion from collective agreements, limited union representation, and poor individual bargaining power; income-maintenance schemes based on social insurance. This chapter tackles all three issues with policy proposals aimed at making transitions between different employment statuses pay. All such proposals aim instead at providing workers with a modicum of security irrespective of their contracts and employment status.

Keywords:   Social protection, Single contract, Termination payment, Labour market transitions, Social rights, Social drawing rights

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