This book investigates the interplay of the recent transformation of working life and the growing appeal of political right-wing populism and extremism in Europe. It explores the individual and collective reactions and the strategies people develop in order to come to terms with socio-economic change. It raises the question of whether, and to what extent, changes in the employment system and in working life contribute to making people receptive to xenophobia, nationalism and racism. Based on an eight country study using both quantitative and qualitative research methods, this volume makes a significant contribution to the deeper understanding of the subjective reactions to socio-economic change and its political reverberations.
JÃ¶rg Flecker is Director of the Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt (FORBA) in Vienna and external Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Vienna. His main fields of research are work organization, flexibility, new technology and internationalization. He was the co-ordinator of the European project 'Socio-economic change, individual reactions and the appeal of the extreme right' (SIREN) and currently co-ordinates the qualitative research within 'Work Organization and Restructuring in the Knowledge Society' (WORKS), an 'Integrated Project' in the EC's 6th Framework Programme.
'There exists a commonplace in public opinion, as well as academia, that workers necessarily lean to the political left. This volume offers carefully researched cross-cultural European evidence to the contrary. A wonderful collection of top-notch scholarship.' Andrei S. Markovits, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA '...an important contribution to the understanding of, and the future research on, the effects of changing working life on individuals and the attraction of right-wing populist parties. It contains also a deeper understanding of why the constructions of immigrants as the others are so successful in recent times.' Online Magazine, www.fm5.at 'The extensive use in all of the chapters of qualitative data in the form of quotes from the interviews is extremely informative on the everyday working experiences of people, on their interpretations and evaluations, and on their ideas about the extreme right...The overall result of this combination of qualitative and quantitative data is extremely informative, relevant and important...highly recommended.' Transfer - European Review of Labour and Research Quarterly of the ETYI-REHS Research Department