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What can American policymakers learn from the experiences of European democracies in confronting our common policy challenges? We can look to our own history and to the ideas emanating from our own public sphere, but by looking abroad, we can learn how our European allies have dealt with such issues as rising healthcare and pension costs, large-scale immigration, childcare and work-life balance, and climate change. Simply put, we can learn lessons from European policies that have proven both successful and from approaches that have failed. The contributors in this volume ask whether such policies might prove effective in the U.S. context, as well as what pitfalls we might avoid. Chapters have been written by policy area experts and are geared for an upper-level undergraduate audience and set up as a series of engaging case studies. At just 180 pages, this is an ideal supplemental volume for comparative public policy courses and would add an ideal comparative component to upper-level U.S. public policy courses.
Chapter 5: Labor Market Policy: Toward a “Flexicurity” Model in the United States?
Labor Market Policy: Toward a “Flexicurity” Model in the United States?
As a result of the global financial crisis, the US unemployment rate had climbed to double digits by 2009. With Americans experiencing the highest level of unemployment in a generation and the highest rate of long-term unemployment in more than half a century, US unemployment briefly matched that of the European Union (EU). Four years into the recovery, US unemployment has dropped below 8 percent. But as the jobless struggle to reenter the workforce, underemployment remains widespread, and American families are suffering from financial hardship. Even though policymakers allocated increased funding for labor market policy during the recession, the United States remains ...