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A new labour market segmentation approach

This book presents new theories and international empirical evidence on the state of work and employment around the world. Changes in production systems, economic conditions and regulatory conditions are posing new questions about the growing use by employers of precarious forms of work, the contradictory approaches of governments towards employment and social policy, and the ability of trade unions to improve the distribution of decent employment conditions. Designed as a tribute to the highly influential contributions of Jill Rubery, the book proposes a ‘new labour market segmentation approach’ for the investigation of issues of job quality, employment inequalities, and precarious work. This approach is distinctive in seeking to place the changing international patterns and experiences of labour market inequalities in the wider context of shifting gender relations, regulatory regimes and production structures.

colleagues, a comparison of internal labour markets in industrial firms in France and Germany required an analysis of the mutual co-constitution of the educational and vocational training system, the nature of business organisation, and the structure of employer–worker struggle in the industrial relations sphere. For societal analysis, it is essential to analyse how these ‘spheres’ are constructed in different societies, and how they relate to each other; the best research in this tradition goes beyond positing institutional logics and attempts to understand the socialised

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