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Young people and contradictions of inclusionTowards Integrated Transition Policies in Europe$
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Andreu Lopez Blasco, Wallace McNeish, and Andreas Walther

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345547

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.001.0001

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Flexibility and security: the supposed dilemma of transition policies

Flexibility and security: the supposed dilemma of transition policies

(p.243) Thirteen Flexibility and security: the supposed dilemma of transition policies
Young people and contradictions of inclusion

Barbara Stauber

Siyka Kovacheva

Harm van Lieshout

Policy Press

Flexibilisation is one of the major catchwords in all policy sectors related to young people's transitions to work: labour market, education and training, and even schemes for disadvantaged and/or unemployed youth. Yet, the driving factors behind the call for flexibility and the effects on labour markets, education, and training suggest that flexibilisation is inseparable from increasing uncertainty and insecurity. In this context, this chapter examines how flexibility and security may be rebalanced in order to combine an increase of access options that meet young people's needs without at the same time making them individually responsible for coping with the respective risks of precariousness. Drawing on examples and experiences from different national contexts, and in particular Dutch temporary-work regulations, it questions the potential of ‘flexicurity’ to lead a way out of this dilemma.

Keywords:   temporary-work regulations, flexibilisation, work transitions, young people, labour market

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