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The Politics of Unemployment in Europe
Policy Responses and Collective Action

Edited By

Marco Giugni

ISBN 9781138267633
Published November 17, 2016 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers a state-of-the-art discussion of the political issues surrounding unemployment in Europe. Its unique combination offers both a policy and institutional perspective, whilst studying the viewpoint of individual civil society members engaging in collective action on the issue of joblessness. It is the result of Marco Giugni’s three year cross-national comparative research project, financed by the European Commission, united with hand picked contributions from invited experts. Throughout his study he focuses on how the EU approaches national unemployment, the main national differences in talk about unemployment and unemployment policy, and how the representatives of the unemployed produce and coordinate demands in relation to unemployment policy. This book contains a number of genuinely cross-national chapters along with sections on specific national cases, namely the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Sweden.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: State and civil society responses to unemployment: welfare, conditionality, and collective action, Marco Giugni; Unemployment and social protection, Bengt FurÃ¥ker; Adapting employment policies to post-industrial labour market risks, Giuliano Bonoli; Work and welfare: the rights and responsibilities of unemployment in the UK, Peter Dwyer and Nick Ellison; The promises of labour: the practices of activating unemployment policies in Switzerland, Christoph Maeder and Eva Nadai; Trade Unions and the unemployed in the inter war period and the 1980s in Britain, Andrew Richards; Belgian trade unions, the unemployed and the growth of unemployment, Jean Faniel; Political challengers, service providers or service recipients? Participants in Irish pro-unemployed organizations, Frédéric Royall; Welfare states, labour markets, and the political opportunities for collective action in the field of unemployment: a theoretical framework, Marco Giugni, Michel Berclaz and Katharina Füglister; The hidden hand of the European Union and the silent Europeanization of public debates on unemployment: the case of the European Employment Strategy, Christian Lahusen; Bibliography; Index.

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Marco Giugni is Director of the Laboratoire de Recherches Sociales et Politiques Appliquées (RESOP) and teaches at the Department of Political Science at the University of Geneva. He has been a visiting scholar at the New School of Social Research, New York, the University of Arizona and the University of Florence.


'Exploring how public policy has developed in response to the increasingly structural nature of unemployment has been one of the most daunting tasks for European social scientists. This volume moves the investigation forward in providing detailed and stimulating documentation of how policies vary within institutional contexts, how they practically affect the life conditions of the unemployed, and how collective action and mobilization can change their course. Drawing on their expertise, the authors convincingly argue that unemployment is not only an economic and social issue, but a fundamental civic challenge for Europe. This collection will be immensely valuable to policy analysts and stake-holders.' Richard Balme, Sciences Po, Paris, France and School of Government, Peking University, China 'Although this book takes a sociological or social policy approach , many readers of this journal will find it a valuable collection. For those interested in social movements, social policy, or unemployment, this collection is a significant contribution.' Labour History Review