Adaptation to labour market change in France and the UK: convergent or parallel tracks?

Daguerre, Anne and Taylor-Gooby, Peter (2003) Adaptation to labour market change in France and the UK: convergent or parallel tracks? Social Policy and Administration, 37 (6). pp. 625-638. ISSN 0144-5596

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Abstract

France and the UK are markedly different welfare states, both in terms of regime type and in terms of the varying degree of state responsibility for reconciling work and family life. One recent theoretical strand suggests that welfare states will tend to grow more similar since they face broadly similar pressures. This paper discusses the policy responses in France and the UK to labour market pressures resulting from enhanced international competition, technological development and family change during the past decade. These responses are set in the context of European debates about the desirability of greater flexibility, up-skilling and the activation of unemployed people, about the childcare needs of women workers and about the importance of paid work in reducing poverty and inequality. The analysis shows that trends to convergence are limited.

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