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Migration, Citizenship, and the European Welfare StateA European Dilemma$
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Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Peo Hansen, and Stephen Castles

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280521

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0198280521.001.0001

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‘Bloody Subcontracting’ in the Network Society: Migration and Post‐Fordist Restructuring across the European Union

‘Bloody Subcontracting’ in the Network Society: Migration and Post‐Fordist Restructuring across the European Union

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Migration, Citizenship, and the European Welfare State
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Carl-Ulrik Schierup (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198280521.003.0009

This chapter discusses the emergence of downgraded and informal sectors of European labour markets staffed by socially marginal migrants and ethnic minorities. These parts of the economy and the labour market seem to represent a ‘pre-modern’ regression in terms of organization and management. Yet the processes through which this occurs are part and parcel of advanced capitalist strategies of deregulation for the enhancement of ‘flexibility’ in terms of a networked economy and society and a fragmented labour market. This point is illustrated by case studies of industrial restructuring from Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal. These examples exhibit advanced corporate strategies heading the ongoing restructuring of the political economy and European societies, and reflect processes typical for different economic sectors. The cases also demonstrate the impact of the different national institutional contexts and welfare regimes in which these strategies of restructuring are embedded.

Keywords:   migration, flexibility, labour market, economic restructuring, sub-contracting

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