This paper examines how flexible employment, particularly temporary and part-time employment, affect political support for social policy protection. Although their implications are a priori uncertain, the paper lays out how flexible employment conditions can be expected to generate various kinds of economic insecurity for workers that ought in turn to spur support for social-welfare policies. The paper finds broad support for such expectations in individual-level survey data from 15 EU member states. In particular, part-time employment, temporary employment and their combination tend to increase several measures of an individual's subjective economic insecurity. Further, partly due to such increases, the same measures of flexible employment tend to spur support for social policy assistance targeted at the unemployed.

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Keywords Europe, European Union, Flexible employment, Part-time employment, Social policy, Temporary employment, Unemployment assistance, employment, social policy, unemployment
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Journal Journal of European Social Policy
Burgoon, B, & Dekker, F.W. (2010). Flexible employment, economic insecurity and social policy preferences in europe. Journal of European Social Policy, 20(2), 126–141. doi:10.1177/0958928709358789