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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

Social Conditions and Consequences of Flexible Labor Markets

Wolfgang Streeck

In the last two decades the demands of employers and employment agencies concerning the flexibility of workers have steadily increased, far beyond what was considered acceptable in the 1980s. At the same time, family structures in developed industrial societies have loosened, often dramatically, while birth rates have continuously declined, although differently in different countries. Governments have reacted by attempting to integrate labor market and family policies, turning care for the next generation increasingly into a public responsibility. This research investigates the connection between the liberalization of employment and family relations on the one hand, and, on the other, the growing activities and expenditures of states in areas that used to be the domain of the family. Project duration: January 2009 to October 2014.
Streeck, Wolfgang, 2009: Flexible Markets, Stable Societies? In: Herbert Obinger/Elmar Rieger (Hg.), Wohlfahrtsstaatlichkeit in entwickelten Demokratien: Herausforderungen, Reformen und Perspektiven. Festschrift für Stephan Leibfried. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus, 137-157. (Auch erschienen als MPIfG Working Paper 08/6. Cologne: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.)
Streeck, Wolfgang, 2011: Flexible Employment, Flexible Families, and the Socialization of Reproduction. In: Florian Coulmas/Ralph Lützelner (eds.), Imploding Populations in Japan and Germany: A Comparison. Leiden: Brill, 63-95. (An extended version published as MPIfG Working Paper 09/13. Cologne: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.)
Streeck, Wolfgang, 2011: Volksheim oder Shopping Mall? Die Reproduktion der Gesellschaft im Dreieck von Markt, Sozialstruktur und Politik. MPIfG Working Paper 11/5. Köln: Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung.
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