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The politics of temporary work deregulation work in Europe: solving the French problem

Vlandas, Tim (2013) The politics of temporary work deregulation work in Europe: solving the French problem. Politics & Society, 41 (3). pp. 425-460. ISSN 0032-3292

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0032329213493754


Temporary work has expanded in the last three decades with adverse implications for inequalities. Because temporary workers are a constituency that is unlikely to impose political costs, governments often choose to reduce temporary work regulations. While most European countries have indeed implemented such reforms, France went in the opposite direction, despite having both rigid labor markets and high unemployment. My argument to solve this puzzle is that where replaceability is high, workers in permanent and temporary contracts have overlapping interests, and governments choose to regulate temporary work to protect permanent workers. In turn, replaceability is higher where permanent workers’ skills are general and wage coordination is low. Logistic regression analysis of the determinants of replaceability—and how this affects governments’ reforms of temporary work regulations—supports my argument. Process tracing of French reforms also confirm that the left has tightened temporary work regulations to compensate for the high replaceability.

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Additional Information: © 2013 SAGE Publications
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2013 13:10
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:40

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