[en] Flexibility of Labour - flexicurity - Security - Regulation - Welfare State
[en] The article examines the strengths and weaknesses of the concept of ‘flexicurity’, calling into question the tendency of the contemporary cultural imagination to regard flexibility as a framework for the expression of individual freedom. It then describes a range of possible policy options, in relation to the market, in the perspective of combining flexibility of labour and security of persons. Tree major options emerge: the ‘procedural’, the ‘neo-substantive’ and the ‘partnership’ options. As a conclusion, this article comes out in favour of different policy which would alter the framework for public intervention. It specially underlines the need for a ‘flexible’ and ‘decentred’ Welfare State, capable of supporting and encompassing forms of regulation emanating from civil society, in particular – but not exclusively – from the social partners.
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