From Deregulation to Flexicurity? The Makeover of the OECD Jobs Strategy

Kerstin Jacobsson and Niklas Noaksson

in Mechanisms of OECD Governance

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199591145
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594601 | DOI:
From Deregulation to Flexicurity? The Makeover of the OECD Jobs Strategy

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Chapter 6 deals with the labor market policy of the OECD and compares its Jobs Study from 1994 with the re‐assessed Jobs Strategy of 2006. The initial Jobs Study recommended a single policy package which was based on a deregulation framework in many respects. The re‐assessed strategy, in contrast, recognizes two equally legitimate paths: the liberal Anglo‐Saxon path and the Social‐Democratic Nordic path. The framework of one‐size‐fits‐all has been abandoned, and it is emphasized that countries make different political choices based on values that need to be taken into account when designing policy reform. The policy message has undergone considerable changes – yet, in both cases, the OECD has argued that its policy recommendations are evidence‐based. Why have such different conclusions been reached? In order to understand the policy course changes the chapter considers both organizational relationships within the OECD and its relationship to its surrounding world. It argues, inter alia, that the ‘expert organization’ has become more pragmatic, increasingly taking into account the countries' abilities and willingness to implement recommendations.

Keywords: OECD; EU; jobs strategy; flexicurity; labour market policy

Chapter.  7981 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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