Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 1 1999, page 91-95.
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For better or for worse ...

About the need for a flexible labour market policy

Per Kongshøj Madsen

In many respects Danish labour market policy in the 1990s has been a story of suc-cess. Open unemployment has been halved. Total employment increased by 170,000 persons. This development can be attri-buted to a combination of an expansive ma-cro-economic policy and a number of re-forms of labour market policy making it more flexible and putting more emphasis on the activation of the individual unem-ployed. However there is a strong risk that this ambitious policy cannot be retained during a recession, if one does not think in terms of long-term flexibility, also in de-signing the tools and instruments of labour market policy. Here the article argues the need to think in terms of "transitional labour markets" as a way of creating robust institu-tions on the fringe of the normal labour market.

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