Labour Market Reform and ‘Non-Standard’ Employment
Policies and legislation which aim to make the labour market more flexible appear to have been pursued to a greater or lesser extent by governments in all European countries from the 1980s onwards. This chapter examines and evaluates the extent and nature of such policies, especially in the four countries of Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK, and discusses the reasons why labour market reforms have been introduced. The chapter also examines recent trends in flexible employment patterns associated with these policies.
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