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Job quality
Conceptual and ethodological challenges for comparative analysis

Job quality is the precondition for achieving welfare policy goals of social inclusion, as well as the foundation of functioning social security systems, yet employment policies continue to address the quantity rather than the quality of jobs. This chapter explores the reasons for which job quality and related concepts such as precarious employment have been side-tracked in the current employment and social policy process. We propose a conceptual framework aiming at a better articulation of job quality by positioning it within macro drivers such as employment protection legislation, welfare regimes, and labour market segmentation. Much in the spirit of the societal system approach for comparative analysis, developed by Jill Rubery, we demonstrate how jobs can be positioned within complex systems of labour market organisation that vary across countries, yet allowing for a common evaluation of their quality. The objective is to generate clearer parameters for developing job quality measurements that can effectively guide policy formulation and evaluation.

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Making work more equal

A new labour market segmentation approach

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