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Fractured transitions: the changing context of young people’s labour market situations in Europe

Harriet Bradley and Jacques van Hoof

in Young people in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345882.003.0013
Fractured transitions: the changing context of young people’s labour market situations in Europe

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This chapter discusses some general issues from the findings presented in this book. It upholds that global economic change has caused the fracturing of youth transitions that have become lengthened and precarious. Young people across Europe are vulnerable to unemployment, insecure employment, and low wages. The chapter notes that the characteristic responses to these problems involve the provision of youth programmes based on principles of activation, the development of dualized systems of academic and vocational education, the encouragement of young people to stay on longer in education, and the greater involvement of families in providing material support for young people through the transition. It concludes that youth policies are gradually being framed in a rhetoric of dealing with individual problems which, although they may indeed help some young individuals, are hardly adequate to tackle the structural problems of neo-liberal economic systems.

Keywords: young people; labour market; Europe; unemployment; insecure employment; low wages; families; longer education; economic system; youth programmes

Chapter.  5937 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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