6. Innovative social and labour-market policies in times of crisis

Rik van Berkel, Utrecht University, Netherlands. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marion Ellison, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The economic and financial crisis that holds European welfare states in its grip now for five years has been detrimental to employment in most European countries, and puts the European Union policy goals of combating unemployment and promoting social inclusion through labour-market participation under considerable pressure. This stream will focus on innovative social and labour-market policies developed in the context of the EU or of individual countries that are aimed at promoting inclusion on the one hand, and on promoting the capacity of European societies and labour market to cope with crises – or, in other words, their resilience – on the other. Innovative policies include policies that

- aim to influence the behaviour of labour-market actors (employers, employees, the unemployed);

- aim to have an impact on the formal and informal interactions between actors on the labour market (governance);

- and/or aim to change institutional structures of labour markets (through, for example, changing employment protection regulation, flexicurity, etcetera).

The stream will welcome both internationally comparative papers and national case studies. We are especially interested in paper proposals that not only provide insight into the characteristics of policy innovations, but also provide insight into their innovative features and into how the innovations contribute to labour-market inclusion and resilience, i.e. into their (potential) effects. Paper proposals that address the labour-market inclusion of vulnerable groups are particularly welcome.

The coordinators of this stream proposal are participants in an FP7 project that addresses the central topic of this stream: INSPIRES (Innovative social and employment policies for inclusive and resilient labour markets in Europe).


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