Reforming the welfare state, the case of part-time work in Sweden and France Public Deposited

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  • Partridge, Diana
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • Countries have different approaches to part-time work in terms of organization of working hours, associated benefits, wages and the status of workers. Over the last few decades, different European member states have also had varying degrees of success at passing off part-time work as an acceptable form of employment to their citizens. In this paper I compare the reform of part-time work and non-standard work arrangements in Sweden and France. I explain that political decision-makers success or failure to implement part-time and temporary work reform is due to national differences in four areas: welfare state regimes; politics, specifically social partners and political power distribution; the organization of the female labor force; and political discourses.
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