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Europe's mass unemployment and the call for extensive labour market de-regulation have, perhaps more than any other contemporary issue, impassioned political debate and academic research. With contributions from economists, political scientists and sociologists, Why Deregulate Labour Markets? takes a hard look at the empirical connections between unemployment and regulation in Europe today, utilizing both in-depth nation analyses and broader-based international comparisons.
Readership: Scholars and students of sociology, business, political science, public policy, European studies, labour studies, and economics

Contents/contributors
  • Gøsta Esping-Andersen and Mario Regini: Introduction
  • PART I. LABOUR MARKET REFORM IN EUROPE
  • Mario Regini: The dilemmas of labour market regulation
  • Manuela Samek: The dynamics of labour market reform in European countries
  • Gøsta Esping-Andersen: Who is harmed by Labour Market Regulations? Quantitative Evidence
  • Gøsta Esping-Andersen: Regulation and context. Reconsidering the correlates of unemployment
  • PART II. NATIONAL VARIATIONS
  • Simon Deakin and Hannah Reed: River Crossing or Cold Bath? Deregulation and Employment in Britain
  • Anders Björklund: Going different ways: labour market policy in Denmark and Sweden
  • Cees Gorter: The Dutch miracle?
  • Susanne Fuchs and Ronald Schettkat: Germany: A regulated flexibility
  • Miguel A. Malo, Luis Toharia and Jerome Gautié: France: The deregulation that never existed
  • Manuel Samek Lodovici: Italy: the long times of consensual re-regulation
  • Luis Toharia and Miguel A. Malo: The Spanish experiment: pros and cons of the flexibility at the margin
  • Gøsta Esping-Andersen and Mario Regini: Conclusions

  



Why Deregulate Labour Markets?

Gösta Esping-Andersen og Marino Regini

Oxford University Press, 2000. 374 s. ISBN 0-19-924052-3

  • 'This is an important and very useful book in summarizing and synthesizing a vast and disparate literature on this issue and clarifying some of the trade offs implicit in pursing the high or low road to flexibility and modernizing labour markets. It should provide a very useful resource for teaching for courses in the humanities and at business schools, as well as providing an important contribution to a debate that has not ended.' -British Journal of Sociology