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Flexicurity CapitalismFoundations, Problems, and Perspectives$
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Peter Flaschel and Alfred Greiner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751587.001.0001

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Conclusions

Conclusions

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(p.197) 5 Conclusions
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Flexicurity Capitalism
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Peter Flaschel

Alfred Greiner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751587.003.0006

The conclusions summarize the main results. In particular, neither the Marx' reserve army mechanism nor mass unemployment as a disciplining device, as in Kalecki's work, are necessary for the functioning of a capitalistic system. The introduction of minimum and maximum real wages can attenuate the negative consequences of booms and recessions provided that markets, including the labor market, are sufficiently flexible implying that employers must not be constrained in their hiring and firing decisions. Further, lower and upper bounds for real wages can be seen as one ingredient of a flexicurity economy that intends to overcome the conflict between capital and labor. Thus, flexicurity capitalism can be considered as a Western type of competitive socialism, as envisaged by Schumpeter, that does not only successfully solve the coordination problem but also the incentive problem in the principal-agent scenario.

Keywords:   reserve army mechanism, flexicurity, competitive socialism, coordination problem, minimum wages

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