The aim of this work is to understand whether job satisfaction, a concept which consists of several dimensions concerning the world of work and its impact on life, has been affected by the impact of the crisis. The approach followed is that of models of capitalism to capture how the institutions and the mediation they tend to play, are a valid explanatory mechanism also during the crisis. Analysis of EWCS 2005 and 2010 data emphasizes higher levels of satisfaction in countries with inclusive and liberal models than in Mediterranean and former Soviet Europe, both before and during the crisis. In Western Europe there has been a widespread improvement in the levels of satisfaction, especially for the most skilled workers, while increased job instability seems to have less influence in determining dissatisfaction, as if it indicates an adaptation of the workforce to the new economic context.
Keywords: Economic crisis, job satisfaction, models of capitalism, European Working Conditions Survey, professional structure, comparative analysis