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Dualization or liberalization? Investigating precarious work in eight European countries

Prosser, Thomas ORCID: 2016. Dualization or liberalization? Investigating precarious work in eight European countries. Work, Employment and Society 30 (6) , pp. 949-965. 10.1177/0950017015609036

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A recent upsurge in the incidence of precarious work in Europe necessitates fresh examination of the origins of this trend. On the basis of field research in eight European countries and with reference to theories of liberalization and dualization, the factors that drive precarious work in discrete European labour markets are thus investigated. It is discovered that, while a structural-demographic factor such as non-compliance with labour law is a notable progenitor of precarious work, the deregulatory strategies of public authorities are particularly significant drivers. In conclusion it is asserted that although the theory of dualization helps explain developments in conservative-corporatist countries, in Anglophone and Mediterranean countries liberalization theory is generally more apposite. Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries emerge as a hybrid case

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dualization, immigration, liberalization, precarious work, undeclared work
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0950-0170
Funders: European Commission
Date of Acceptance: 27 August 2015
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 10:02

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