Inequalities in Youth Labor Transitions – SASE conference 2015 – Joint mini-conference with CUPESSE

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Date(s) - 02/07/2015 - 04/07/2015
9:00 am - 7:30 pm

The London School of Economics and Political Science

This mini-conference empirically scrutinises youth labour market transitions from a comparative perspective; it examines how policy regimes and patterns of inequality are being reformed or reproduced; and it draws out the theoretical implications of these for institutional theory. How are different actors, within and beyond nation states, defining the ‘problem’ of youth unemployment? How do welfare and employment policy legacies affect the ‘solutions’ being adopted? And what are the long-term consequences of emerging inequalities for global youth? The mini-conference is organised around four themes.

1.     Policy Legacies: Families, Flexibility & Policy Regimes

This panel examines how effectively policy makers are responding to the recent rises in youth unemployment. It examines supply and demand side policies addressing family inequalities, reforms to apprenticeships and active labour market policies for youth, in particular assessing these against the backdrop of the EU youth employment package and the ‘youth guarantee’. Papers can address both the political economy of labour market (de)regulation and the socio-economic consequences of segmented labour markets. They can focus on program design and implementation in different countries or sectors, but also on assessing the effectiveness of such policy innovations.

2.     Youth Voice: Representation at work and beyond

We focus on the representation and voice of young people, inviting papers on union responses to the rise in precarious employment and youth unemployment; union strategies aimed at increasing the recruitment and representation of young people; and alternative forms of voice and representation beyond traditional union structures. It is crucial that young people in the labour market have a voice, and as such, we are interested in receiving national and comparative narratives from around the world.

3.     Youth on the Move: Migration and Mobility

We invite papers analysing youth labour migration and its impacts for receiving and sending countries within the EU, as well as the movement of young workers from the global south to the EU area. Contributors could focus on working and living conditions of migrant workers and returnees and the role of policies and institutions for integrating and excluding young migrants (e.g. social security systems, labour market regulation and migration policies), as well as actors, including labour market intermediaries, trade unions and employers, in shaping migration patterns and labour market outcomes of migrant youth.

4.     Political Futures: Policy & Politics of Multi-level governance

This panel explores policy-makers’ stances on policies to support youth transitions to economic independence and to self-employment. We invite contributions examining programmatic documents (such as election manifestos or coalition agreements) and speeches delivered by policy-makers in parliaments. We aim to understand to what extent policy-makers’ stances on these topics have changed over time in terms of attention to these issues (salience) and their concrete positions (valence). We hope to identify differences across political parties or coalitions, and the effects of different levels of government (European, federal, regional, local).

Organizers: Jacqueline O’Reilly, Werner Eichhorst, Maria González Menéndez, Andy Hodder,Lefteris Kretsos, Janine Leschke, Christer Hyggen, and Jale Tosun

A list of the papers presented are available here:

SASE IYT mini 27th Annual Meeting_ Inequalities in Youth Labor Transitions

Details at the website:—london/mini-conferences

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