Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 4 2007, page 8-25.
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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.

Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv

(Journal for Working Life)




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