The common European flexicurity principles: How a fragile consensus was reached

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This article analyses the decision-making process underlying the adoption of common EU flexicurity principles. Supporters of the initiative succeeded in convincing the sceptics one by one; the change of government in France and the last-minute support of the European social partner organizations were instrumental in this regard. However, the critics succeeded in weakening the initially strong focus on the transition from job security to employment security and the divisions between insiders and outsiders in the labour market. In contrast to some decision-making on the European Employment Strategy, coalitions seem to have played only a minor role in the flexicurity process, although some actors joined forces in their attempts to influence the outcome.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)241-257
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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