Mapping Out Flexicurity Pathways in the European Union

22 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2008 Last revised: 28 Aug 2009

Date Written: March 1, 2008


This paper contains a practical step by step method for national governments and social partners to map out their own national pathway to flexicurity, based on the recently established EU policy framework on flexicurity, which includes a set of common principles and different pathways of flexicurity. The central idea is to develop positive sum games where not just one party gains and the other lose.

Keywords: flexicurity, European Employment Strategy, social partners, industrial relations, negotiation

JEL Classification: J00,K31, O52, J50

Suggested Citation

Wilthagen, Ton, Mapping Out Flexicurity Pathways in the European Union (March 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

Ton Wilthagen (Contact Author)

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