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Quality Work and the Moral Economy of European Employment Policy

Bolton SC, Laaser K & McGuire D (2016) Quality Work and the Moral Economy of European Employment Policy. Journal of Common Market Studies, 54 (3), pp. 583-598.

Following a decade of radical economic and workplace restructuring, it is important to understand how state employment policies support or deny human flourishing. This article utilizes a realist document analysis approach and reviews European employment policy through a moral economy lens. It fuses different moral economy approaches, drawing together the work of Karl Polanyi and Andrew Sayer a multi-layered conceptual lens is offered that explores the tensions between a commodification of labour and human needs. A dominant market ideology is revealed, highlighting how quality work has been subsumed by the flexicurity agenda in the EU

Flexicurity; Quality work; Moral Economy; European employment policy; Dignity; Employment

Journal of Common Market Studies: Volume 54, Issue 3

Author(s)Bolton, Sharon C; Laaser, Knut; McGuire, Darren
Publication date31/05/2016
Publication date online27/10/2015
Date accepted by journal13/07/2015
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