Italy: The Long Times of Consensual Re‐Regulation

Manuela Samek Lodovici

in Why Deregulate Labour Markets?

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240524
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599187 | DOI:
 Italy: The Long Times of Consensual Re‐Regulation

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This chapter examines labour market regulation in Italy. It highlights the risks associated with excessive regulation of employment relations: the development of a highly segmented market, exclusion of first-time job seekers from regular employment, low elasticity of wages to unemployment, inefficiencies from low inter-regional and inter-sectoral labour mobility, and the presence of a large underground economy. ‘Re-regulation’ in the early 1990s has improved flexibility in wage dynamics, working time, firing procedures, and atypical work.

Keywords: Italy; labour market regulation; labour policy; employment relations; rigidity; flexibility; unemployment

Chapter.  12379 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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