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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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Flexibility and security in contemporary labour markets

Flexibility and security in contemporary labour markets

(p.15) Two Flexibility and security in contemporary labour markets
The political economy of work security and flexibility

Fabio Berton

Matteo Richiardi

Stefano Sacchi

Policy Press

In the most recent institutional and academic literature, both work flexibility and worker security are understood as concepts with a multifaceted nature. Flexibility of a work relationship involves aspects concerning hiring and firing costs, the wage, the time schedule, the organisation of work and the place where it is carried out. In turn, the degree of security that workers enjoy depends on all those factors that affect their capability to provide themselves with a decent standard of life through participation to the labour market or by accessing public income-maintenance schemes. No theory is able to provide indubitable insights on whether enhancing the dimensions of work flexibility affects positively or negatively the security of workers. Hence, this is basically an empirical matter.

Keywords:   Work flexibility, Worker security, Employment security, Job security, Wage security, Social security, Precariousness, Flexicurity, Multi-dimensional concept

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