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Title: Quality Work and the Moral Economy of European Employment Policy
Author(s): Bolton, Sharon C
Laaser, Knut
McGuire, Darren
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Keywords: Flexicurity
Quality work
Moral Economy
European employment policy
Issue Date: May-2016
Citation: 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.
Abstract: 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
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