The Dynamics of Labour Market Reform in European Countries

Manuela Samek Lodovici

in Why Deregulate Labour Markets?

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240524
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599187 | DOI:
 The Dynamics of Labour Market Reform in European Countries

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This chapter compares the patterns of labour market regulation in European countries. The approach followed by most countries was the introduction of selective changes that did not completely overturn the existing social contract. In the 1990s, increasing external pressures and the need to improve the adjustment capacity of labour markets resulted in a regulatory framework with common features, most evident in industrial relations systems and wage-setting. The complete convergence of social policies, however, will be prevented by differences in national preferences, customs, and histories across member states.

Keywords: Europe; labour market reform; regulation; labour policy

Chapter.  12805 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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