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Regulating new forms of employment

Local experiments and social innovation in Europe

Ida Regalia

Routledge 2005. 288 s. ISBN 0415360560
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Using a comparative framework, this new volume focuses on how non-standard employment can be regulated in very different social, political and institutional settings.

After surveying these new forms of work and the new demands for labour-market regulation, the authors identify possible solutions among local-level actors and provide a detailed analysis of how firms assess the advantages and disadvantages of flexible forms of employment. The authors provide six detailed case studies to examine the successes and failures of experimental approaches and social innovation in various regions in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Contents:

Preface
New forms of employment and new problems of regulation

Ida Regalia: Flexible arrangements within companies: strengths and weaknesses
Ida Regalia: Building local institutional arrangements for flexicurity in France
Olivier Mériaux and Laurent Duclos: Non-standard employment. Experiments in regulation at the local level in Germany
Stefani Scherer: Between institutionalized concertation and experimentation: the regulation of new forms of employment in Lombardy
Gabriele Ballarino: Inclusion Strategies. Regulating non-standard employment in the `Third Italy¿
Francesco Bortolotti e Mario Giaccone: Catalonia: the difficulty of transferring locally concerted solutions into firms
Andreu Lope and Francesc Gibert: The West Midlands: a mixture of promising and faltering steps
Rachael McIlroy and Paul Marginson: What regulation for the new forms of employment?

Author Biography:
Ida Regalia is Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Milan and past president of the Institute for Economic and Social Research IRES Lombardia, Milan. Her research is in the fields of comparative industrial relations, trade unionism and labour policies.

Full Contributors:
Gabriele Ballarino is assistant professor in the Department of Labour Studies at the University of Milan. He received his PhD in sociology and social research from the University of Trento. His main research interests are the sociology of employment relations and labour markets, the institutional patterns of school-to-work transitions, and the role of social capital in economic performance.

Franco Bortolotti is the scientific coordinator of Ires Toscana, Florence. He has taught urban and regional economics at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence. His recent research has focused on local development, industrial districts, and labour market flexibility.

Laurent Duclos, sociologist, is chargé de mission at the French General Plan Commission (`Le Plan¿) and senior manager of the industrial relations forward studies unit.

Mario Giaccone is a senior researcher at Ires Veneto, Venezia-Mestre. His main research interests are local-level industrial relations and the quality of work. He has written extensively on industrial relations in industrial districts and in the Veneto region.

Francesc Gibert is Associate Professor of Sociology of Industrial Relations in the Department of Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and member of the research centre QUIT. His research interests include industrial relations, regulation policies and forms of employment, human resources management and organization of work.

Andreu Lope is Professor of Sociology of Enterprise and of Social Structure in the Department of Sociology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, department of which he was Director in 1998-2002. He is member of the research centre QUIT. His research interests include industrial relations, regulation policies and forms of employment, human resources management and the effects of technological innovation on skills and training.

Rachael McIlroy was research fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick (1999-2000) working on the project from which this book derives. She is currently a Policy Officer (Economic and Social Affairs) at the Trades Union Congress.

Paul Marginson is Professor of Industrial Relations and Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at the University of Warwick. He is co-author of `European Integration and Industrial Relations: multi-level governance in the making¿, published in 2004.

Olivier Mériaux is a Political Science research fellow with the PACTE-CERAT (Institute of Political Science, Grenoble). He holds a doctorate in political science. His main research interests are labour market policies and industrial relations, in France and Europe.

Ida Regalia is Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Milan and past president of the Institute for Economic and Social Research IRES Lombardia, Milan. She has extensively carried out research in the fields of comparative industrial relations, trade unionism and labour policies.

Stefani Scherer is a post doctoral research fellow at Milano-Bicocca University. She got her PhD at Mannheim University in 2002. Recent publications include Erwerbseintritt und Berufsverlauf, Peter Lang Verlag, and `Stepping-stones or Traps?¿, Work Employment and Society, published in 2004.