A Capability Approach to Understand the Scarring Effects of Unemployment and Job Insecurity: Developing the Research Agenda
Valerie Egdellâ€… and
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Valerie Egdellâ€…: Northumbria University, UK
Vanessa Beck: University of Bristol, UK
Work, Employment & Society, 2020, vol. 34, issue 5, 937-948
Having a poor start in the labour market has a â€˜scarringâ€™ effect on future employment and well-being. Indeed, unemployment at any point of the life-course can scar. While there is extensive quantitative research examining scarring effects at the macro- and meso-levels, evidence regarding scarring from the micro-level that provides insights into individual perceptions, values, attitudes and capabilities, and how they shape employment trajectories is lacking. A qualitative approach which avoids the imposition of values and choices onto individualsâ€™ employment trajectories, and accounts more fully for the contextual constraints which shape available options and choices, is argued for. In emphasising peopleâ€™s substantive freedom of choice, which may be enabled or constrained by contextual conditions, the Capability Approach is proposed as providing a valuable lens to examine complex and insecure labour market transitions. Such an approach stands in contrast to the supply-side focused active labour market policies characteristic of neo-liberal welfare states.
Keywords: Capability Approach; job insecurity; scarring effects; unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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