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Changes in Welfare Regimes and the Search for Flexibility and Employability.

Jessop, Bob (2003) Changes in Welfare Regimes and the Search for Flexibility and Employability. In: The Political Economy of European Unemployment: European Integration and the Transnationalization of the Employment Question. Routledge/RIPE Studies in Global Political Economy . Routledge, pp. 29-50. ISBN 0415268729

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Abstract

This chapter argues that recent changes in labour market policies in the European Union are closely related to the more general restructuring, strategic reorientation, and rescaling of welfare regimes and that this latter transformation is related in turn to fundamental changes in the form and dynamic of capitalism. Distinguishing cause and effect in these interrelations is difficult, however, because so many features of our once taken-for-granted economic, political, social, and cultural landscape are changing at the same time. My discussion of these issues will focus initially on the structural coupling of economic and political transformations without attempting to judge the relative causal weight of economic and political factors. Thus I first present a four-dimensional framework for analysing changes in welfare regimes and then identify a tendential transformation in these regimes along all four dimensions. This sort of transformation can be discerned well beyond the member-states of the European Union, which suggests that any explanation couched purely in terms of specific features of the emerging European economy and/or polity will be limited. Accordingly I will argue that these changes can be explained in part through the more general restructuring, reorientation, and rescaling of the capitalist economy and in part through the more general restructuring, reorientation, and rescaling of the principles of statehood. Within this general context we can consider the distinctive features of these changes in the European Union and how they are mediated and overdetermined by its distinctive institutional features and balance of forces.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Welfare regime ; Keynesian welfare national state ; Schumpeterian workfare postnational regime ; European Union
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
ID Code: 206
Deposited By: Professor Bob Jessop
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2006
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 18:24
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/206

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