Youth, Diversity and Employment
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Youth, Diversity and Employment

Comparative Perspectives on Labour Market Policies

Edited by Rune Halvorsen and Bjørn Hvinden

Including youth in the labour market is a major challenge facing many European countries. This book examines the transitions from education to employment with a focus on Nordic youth in the broader European context. The book combines insights from the social sciences and law by linking the challenges facing young people in general and the more specific barriers facing the more vulnerable groups of young people. Youth, Diversity and Employment provides original insights on the interdependencies or interaction between redistributive and regulatory social policies.
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Chapter 7: Nordic disability employment laws and policies in a human rights perspective

Oddný Mjöll Arnardóttir, Marianne Jenum Hotvedt, Kevät Nousiainen and Maria Ventegodt


This chapter examines Nordic laws and policies governing the labour market in light of the requirements of a contemporary disability human rights approach. It is argued that employment law and policy in line with the contemporary disability human rights approach seeks to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the ordinary labour market. The chapter compares how five Nordic countries perform in employment protection, anti-discrimination legislation and wage subsidy schemes. The comparison demonstrates that a unified Nordic disability employment law and policy does not exist. The chapter concludes that the Danish flexicurity model does not perform well from the perspective of the contemporary disability human rights approach.

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