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Shared Responsibility, Shared RiskGovernment, Markets and Social Policy in the Twenty-First Century$
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Jacob Hacker and Ann O'Leary

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199781911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199781911.001.0001

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The Role of Government in Ensuring Employment Security and Job Security

The Role of Government in Ensuring Employment Security and Job Security

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(p.75) 5 The Role of Government in Ensuring Employment Security and Job Security
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Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk
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Heather Boushey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199781911.003.0005

This chapter examines the role of the federal government in promoting job security by ensuring that the economy is at full employment. It begins by providing a historical overview of the government's role in mitigating job insecurity before turning to a discussion of how unemployment affects job security. It then considers government measures aimed at protecting workers and their families from unemployment and its ripple effects, as well as ensuring workers against unfair dismissal. It also analyzes the trends in employment and unemployment and argues that job security is key to economic security. The chapter concludes by offering suggestions on how the government can ensure job security and full employment, such as by promoting “short-time compensation” or “work-sharing,” reforming the unemployment insurance system to make it more responsive to economic conditions, and implementing trade policies that promote quality jobs.

Keywords:   federal government, job security, full employment, job insecurity, unemployment, unfair dismissal, economic security, work-sharing, unemployment insurance, trade policies

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