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From Full Employment to Flexibility: Britain and France 1960-1990. CES Working Paper, vol.3, no.3, 1999

Whiteside, Noel. (1999) From Full Employment to Flexibility: Britain and France 1960-1990. CES Working Paper, vol.3, no.3, 1999. [Working Paper]

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    This paper outlines the differences in the political economies of Britain and France in the years of full employment; which provided the starting point for a reconfiguration of the political agenda as the issue of labour market flexibility emerged. In both countries, the economic experiences of the 1980s stimulated crises in state welfare (3); in each, established political trajectories generated specific frameworks for future political action. Within these changing national political contexts, the meaning and significance of flexibilisation differed considerably and the reception of new employment agendas differed as well. Arguably, neither country had been particularly successful in adapting to recent change because neither has been capable of developing the opportunities it offered. Action frameworks based on national responses are now defunct; we need new strategies based on regional frameworks to align labour market activity and welfare regimes to secure Europe’s future.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    Countries > France
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market > employment/unemployment
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Wisconsin, Center for European Studies > CES Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2008
    Page Range: p. 28
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:58

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