AIAS Lunch Seminar 2 December Jan Zutavern - AIAS

‘It just didn’t come their way’. Employment debates, government policy and the development of part-time work in Germany


Ever since Continental European welfare states have come to face the problem of persistent excess supply of labor, part-time employment has been heralded as an effective and politically viable instrument to boost employment rates. Advocates champion part-time work as a compromise between demands for flexibility and working time reductions that is at the same time capable of mitigating some of the exclusionary tendencies inherent in coordinated labor markets and conservative family regimes. The Dutch (part-time) employment ‘miracle’ has served many as proof that work-sharing through part-time jobs works. German employment debates in particular have been characterized by a keen interest in labor market trends across its Western border, and a peculiarly concurrent rhetoric of support for part-time employment among policy makers. In contrast to this rhetoric, government initiative to stimulate part-time work in Germany has been hesitant at best. Indeed, prominent sceptics have doubted the capacity of public policy to significantly influence the development of part-time employment. Against this background, the paper maps out the political debate about part-time work in Germany since the late 1970s. It offers an account of policy choices by relating the arguments that surfaced in this debate to the major political (electoral, coalitional) problems of justification policy makers faced at the time. Policy developments in the Netherlands are referred to throughout the analysis as a way of validating the argument.


Dag: Donderdag 2 december
Tijd: 12.15 – 13.15 uur.
Locatie: AIAS, 3e verdieping gebouw M, Plantage Muidergracht 12
Inschrijven: Stuur ons een e-mail vóór woensdag 1december 12.00.
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