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The fundamental changes in world production and trade suggest that the new economy requires more sophisticated models than those we have already experienced. Industrial relations are likely to be radically modified in the future. The aim of this project was to investigate the implications of the rapidly increasing labour market flexibility in Europe and the relationship between flexibilisation, the European social model and long term competitiveness. As not all economies are similarly receptive to all type of flexibility, the research focuses on small open economies, using the examples of Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Greece. The lesson learned from the small countries is that it is important to identify the key issues and challenges by type of country and adopt the measures that suit best each economic environment.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21950 EN (2007), 121 pp. Euro: 25
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-21950-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-03099-X
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