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Why Deregulate Labour Markets?$
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Gøsta Esping-Andersen and Marino Regini

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240524

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199240523.001.0001

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The Dynamics of Labour Market Reform in European Countries

The Dynamics of Labour Market Reform in European Countries

(p.30) 2 The Dynamics of Labour Market Reform in European Countries
Why Deregulate Labour Markets?

Manuela Samek Lodovici

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares the patterns of labour market regulation in European countries. The approach followed by most countries was the introduction of selective changes that did not completely overturn the existing social contract. In the 1990s, increasing external pressures and the need to improve the adjustment capacity of labour markets resulted in a regulatory framework with common features, most evident in industrial relations systems and wage-setting. The complete convergence of social policies, however, will be prevented by differences in national preferences, customs, and histories across member states.

Keywords:   Europe, labour market reform, regulation, labour policy

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