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Flexibility and security: the supposed dilemma of transition policies

Barbara Stauber, Siyka Kovacheva and Harm van Lieshout

in Young people and contradictions of inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9781861345547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.003.0013
Flexibility and security: the supposed dilemma of transition policies

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Flexibilisation is one of the major catchwords in all policy sectors related to young people's transitions to work: labour market, education and training, and even schemes for disadvantaged and/or unemployed youth. Yet, the driving factors behind the call for flexibility and the effects on labour markets, education, and training suggest that flexibilisation is inseparable from increasing uncertainty and insecurity. In this context, this chapter examines how flexibility and security may be rebalanced in order to combine an increase of access options that meet young people's needs without at the same time making them individually responsible for coping with the respective risks of precariousness. Drawing on examples and experiences from different national contexts, and in particular Dutch temporary-work regulations, it questions the potential of ‘flexicurity’ to lead a way out of this dilemma.

Keywords: temporary-work regulations; flexibilisation; work transitions; young people; labour market

Chapter.  7984 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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