Social Integration Through Transitional Labour Markets
Labour Markets and Employment Policy series
Edited by Jacqueline O’Reilly, Inmaculada Cebrián and Michel Lallement
Chapter 4: Transitions between different working time arrangements: a comparison of Sweden and the Netherlands*
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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