The quality of employment and labor. The ‘state’ of research in Belgium

Author/s Esteban Martinez
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/127
Language Italian Pages 14 P. 209-222 File size 286 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2012-127013
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The article exposes the polysemous and evolutionary nature of the notion of "job quality", both in the context of public employment policies and of scientific research. Evaluating the quality of work can, on the one hand, provide the foundation for a research agenda criticising the changes in work organisation which are oriented towards flexibility and the trends in the European Employment Strategy focusing on the unconditional increase of employement rates. When interpreted through the - reductive - perspective of flexicurity, this evaluation can, on the other hand, obscure those explanatory factors of work organisation and public action that provoke precarious employment, a weakening of the industrial relations system and a deterioration of living and working conditions.

Keywords: Quality of work, public employment policies, changes in work organisation, flexibility, flexicurity, precarious employment

Esteban Martinez, La qualità dell’occupazione e del lavoro. Lo ‘stato’ della ricerca in Belgio in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 127/2012, pp 209-222, DOI: 10.3280/SL2012-127013