Working-Time Changes

Working-Time Changes

Social Integration Through Transitional Labour Markets

Labour Markets and Employment Policy series

Edited by Jacqueline O’Reilly, Inmaculada Cebrián and Michel Lallement

Drawing on both quantitative longitudinal panel study data and qualitative case study material, the authors (whose expertise is drawn from the fields of economics, sociology and law) provide an original perspective on the nature and implications of Transitional Labour Markets in Spain, Sweden, Ireland, Britain, Germany, France and The Netherlands.

Chapter 4: Transitions between different working time arrangements: a comparison of Sweden and the Netherlands*

Dominique Anxo, Elena Stancanelli and Donald Storrie

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, social policy and sociology, labour policy

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4. Transitions between different workingtime arrangements: a comparison of Sweden and the Netherlands* Dominique Anxo, Elena Stancanelli and Donald Storrie 1 INTRODUCTION This chapter compares the incidence of and transitions out of part-time work in Sweden and the Netherlands. As the study of part-time work is largely a study of female work, a comparison of Sweden and the Netherlands is of particular interest. In some respects one could view the two countries as being generally rather similar. Both are advanced, very open and small northern European economies. Moreover, they rank first and second in the European Union as regards the incidence of part-time work. While both countries are commonly viewed as developed welfare states1 and are placed in the same group in Esping-Andersen’s (1990) classification based on decommodification, they contrast very sharply as regards female labour force participation. While Esping-Andersen seeks to examine ‘how different nations’ labor markets derive much of their logic from how they are embedded in the institutional framework of social policy’, one is inclined to concur with Sainsbury (1996) in her questioning of whether the Netherlands and Sweden can be viewed as being at all similar, as they provide for sharply contrasting labour market outcomes for women.2 These two different labour market outcomes can be expressed and indeed analysed in terms of transitional labour markets. More specifically, an analy* This chapter has been written as part of the TRANSLAM programme coordinated by Günther Schmid at the WZB, Berlin. The Dutch panel analysis...

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