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Unemployment protection and labour market change in Europe: towards ‘triple integration’?

Jochen Clasen and Daniel Clegg

in Regulating the Risk of Unemployment

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592296.003.0001
Unemployment protection and labour market change in Europe: towards ‘triple integration’?

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The traditional European approach to unemployment protection developed in the context of industrial labour markets, and its key institutional features, ensured a relatively virtuous interaction between the social protection of workers and the promotion of conditions for successful industrial production. After discussing how this complementarity was challenged from the 1970s onwards by deep-seated changes in the profile and functioning of European labour markets, the chapter reviews a number of trends in recent unemployment protection reforms that our suggestive of the gradual emergence of a new model of unemployment support, based on a reworked articulation between economic production and social protection. It introduces the concept of ‘triple integration’ as a framework for the comparative analysis of institutional changes that tend towards the creation of an integrated benefit-and-service system adapted to the profile of economic risks that characterize post-industrial labour markets.

Keywords: unemployment protection; post-industrial change; triple integration; unemployment benefit homogenization; risk re-categorization; activation

Chapter.  5899 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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