Dynamics and Perspectives
Edited by Peter Ester, Ruud Muffels, Joop Schippers and Ton Wilthagen
Preface and Acknowledgements Innovating European Labour Markets: Dynamics and Perspectives highlights and traces the consequences of the increasing turmoil on the labour market resulting in more volatility and creating a rather diverse landscape of employment forms that will shape people’s life courses. The book particularly aims at discussing innovative labour market policy practices and perspectives with a view to changing working careers and life courses. The ‘best practices’ on life course policies presented in the book can be considered potential answers to the challenges and requirements labour market and employment systems are confronted with now and in the near future. This way the book’s focus on ‘innovation’ is understood as an adequate and effective, possibly even a proactive, response to these challenges and requirements. The carefully selected contributions in the volume deal with various dimensions and different levels of the flexibility– security nexus within the life course perspective. This not only concerns labour market policy at the national and the EU level but especially also at the firm and sector level. Innovating firms’ policies with respect to the creation of flexible working time options and to the elaboration of lifecourse-oriented human resource policies seem critical to respond successfully to the ongoing fundamental changes. The book hopefully contributes to raising our understanding of the driving factors that determine the performance of the dissimilar pathways in Europe with a view to their impact on the flexibility–security nexus over the life course. The authors address issues as to how innovative policies are...