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Quality of Work in the European Union

Concept, Data and Debates from a Transnational Perspective


Ana M. Guillén and Svenn-Åge Dahl

This collective volume on quality of work in the European Union offers a comprehensive analysis on the current situation of the tensions between work and welfare in Europe, with a special emphasis on employment-related issues. The volume tackles a crucial aspect of employment policies, namely the strengthening of the quality dimension in the decisions taken by policy-makers to foster the performance of the labour market and to combine this orientation with the demands of workers for welfare, protection and a better reconciliation of work and family life. Quality of work has been on the agenda of policy-makers, practitioners and academics for the last few years, promoting a wide debate.
The book provides a contribution to this debate and takes into consideration a range of issues associated with the analysis of work quality from an innovative perspective. Relevant subtopics including a conceptual and political analysis of work quality, wage differentials and in-work poverty, gender issues or workers’ direct and indirect representation in the firm and its relation with work quality are addressed.
Contents: Ana M. Guillén/Svenn-Åge Dahl: Introduction. Tensions between Quality and Quantity of Jobs in the European Union – Svenn-Åge Dahl/Torstein Nesheim/Karen M. Olsen: Quality of Work. Concept and Measurement – Ramón Peña-Casas: Monitoring Quality of Work and Employment in the European Union. Conceptual Frameworks and Indicators – Ana M. Guillén/Rodolfo Gutiérrez Palacios/Ramón Peña-Casas: Earnings Inequality and in-Work Poverty – Dalila Ghailani: Gender Wage Gap as a Tension between Quality and Quantity of Jobs in the European Labour Market – Judith Clifton/Daniel Díaz-Fuentes: Changing World of Public Services. Consequences for the Organisation of Work – Holm-Detlev Köhler/Sergio González-Begega: Participation of Employees as a Mean to improve Quality at Work. The Case of Social Dialogue in the European Union – María C. González: The Multidimensional Impact of Workplace Direct Participation in European Jobs. An Assessment of Theory, Debate and Research – Robert Salais: Between Discourse and Facts. Quantity and Quality of Employment in the European Debate – Olof Bäckman/Ingrid Esser/Tommy Ferrarini/Tomas Korpi/Kenneth Nelson/Yerko Rojas/Ola Sjöberg: Comparative Indicators on Job Quality and Social Protection.