Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 4 2007, page 8-25.
In pursuit of a moving target
Thomas Bredgaard, Flemming Larsen og Per Kongshøj Madsen
As a concept, fl exicurity is a moving
target. It was invented in the Netherlands
in the mid-1990s, and later used as
a description to capture fundamental characteristics
of the Danish labour market
model. Recently, fl exicurity has become
the top priority of the EU-Commission in
its attempt to revitalise the Lisbon Strategy.
Thereby all member states are asked to pursue
fl exicurity policies. Clearly, fl exicurity
is a rhetorical success. In this article we seek
to document the triumphal progress of the
fl exicurity concept.
The political embrace of fl exicurity runs
the risk that the concept becomes diluted,
and gradually becomes meaningless. We,
therefore, discuss different definitions of
fl exicurity in order to understand what
fl exicurity could and should mean, and, finally, arrive at a new analytical understanding
of fl exicurity.