Towards a new segmentationist approach

The author discusses segmentationist theory in order to take into account the changes in the labour market and within corporate governance during the last twenty years. The old internal labour markets founded on the exchange of a high  subordination of employee to employer for a high employment and social protection are about to disappear. It doesn’t mean that the external labour market is now the only type of regulation. The proposal here is to take into account the plural and sometimes unstable links between internal (or occupational) and external labour markets in a dynamic analysis. Considering individual trajectories, the paper underlines the flows between thedifferent segments of the labour market and the continuing displacement of frontiers between these segments. The integration of young people into the labour market gives an illustration  of the changing rules of mobility and restructured internal labour markets.

Lefresne.F, Socio-Économie du Travail n°22 (Économies et Sociétés, tome XXXVI), août 2002, p.1241-1267.       

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