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Capability as a Yardstick for Flexicurity - Using the Senian Paradigm to Evaluate a European Policy Agenda (2014)

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Abstract

Flexicurity is a European policy agenda seeking to increase both flexibility and security in the labour-market. This book argues that it needs a revision: Although flexicurity is set out to change the way Europeans work and live, and even though it is being justified by workers' needs, flexicurity lacks of a clear and democratically justified vision of society. Flexicurity is confronted here with Amartya Sen's capability-approach, a paradigm of well-being evaluation. How is flexicurity related to a concept of employment as part of a way of life which people have reason to value? How capability-friendly are established flexicurity-indicators? It is thus shown how the capability-approach can be used in the field of labour-market and social policy.

Keywords

Labour-market, Social policy, Europe, Employment

Languages

English

Publisher

Universitätsverlag Göttingen

ISBN

9783863951634

DOI

10.17875/gup2014-771

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