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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 University Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429070.001.0001

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Labour policy developments in Italy in comparative perspective

Labour policy developments in Italy in comparative perspective

Chapter:
(p.33) Three Labour policy developments in Italy in comparative perspective
Source:
The political economy of work security and flexibility
Author(s):

Fabio Berton

Matteo Richiardi

Stefano Sacchi

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429070.003.0003

This chapter outlines the evolution of labour flexibility policies in Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan. All four countries have introduced labour market reforms as a strategy to respond to high (or what is perceived as high, for example, in Japan) unemployment rates and to accommodate productive necessities that could no longer be satisfied with existing instruments. In doing so, they generally sought to shelter the core workforce from regulatory changes, shifting the burden of functional adjustment on to mostly new entrants in the labour market.

Keywords:   Labour market reforms, Flexibility, Fixed-term contracts, Temporary agency work, Employment protection legislation, Non-standard work

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