Labour policy developments in Italy in comparative perspective

Fabio Berton, Matteo Richiardi and Stefano Sacchi

in The political economy of work security and flexibility

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781847429070
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307631 | DOI:
Labour policy developments in Italy in comparative perspective

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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

Chapter.  13950 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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