Essays in Honour of Günther Schmid
Edited by Hugh Mosley and Jacqueline O’Reilly
Hugh Mosley, Jacqueline O’Reilly and Klaus Schömann The essays in this book have been written by a number of leading international experts in the ﬁeld of labour market studies to celebrate the intellectual contribution and lifetime achievement of Günther Schmid on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The authors have sought to honour him in his own way by contributing original, intellectually rigorous essays that engage, elaborate on or critique themes that have been central to his work. Although the contributions to this volume are not based on a common theoretical framework, most are concerned, directly or indirectly, with the ‘regulative idea’ or grand theme of transitional labour markets.1 There is, moreover, a concentration of common themes and perspectives that reﬂects central concerns of Günther Schmid’s work and gives the multidisciplinary contributions an identiﬁable ‘family resemblance’: theory-guided empirical research, the importance of labour market institutions, a predilection for comparative research, a high priority on gender issues and a strong policy orientation. The research areas represented in this volume, such as economic performance, gender equality and social institutions, have each developed their own theoretical approaches and large amounts of empirical literature. There is, however, little theoretical work that attempts to link these specialized theoretical approaches. The endeavour to ﬁll this gap is surely one of the deﬁning features of Günther Schmid’s work. His empirical work is driven by a comprehensive theory rooted in systems theory and cybernetics, which emphasizes that there are links between...