Archives For March 2017

Renehan Hall, April 3rd 2017

New Deals in the New Economy Project
MUSSI and the Department of Sociology
National University of Ireland Maynooth

Behind the deep economic troubles and political turmoil of the current era is a profound uncertainty about working life and employment – while some experience precarity and marginalisation, others work for significant rewards but at the cost of intense and intrusive work commitments. For almost all, ‘flexibility’ is an everyday reality at work – although flexibility can take many forms, for better and for worse.

  • What are the patterns of work in Europe today?
  • Where is work changing, and how?
  • Are there the seeds of a new ‘European model’ of work and employment?
  • What are its contradictions, challenges, conditions and prospects?

Conference Programme

9.30-10.45 Welcome and Overview of New Deals in the New Economy Research

Europe’s Flexibilities: Workplace Regimes and Worker Outcomes
Seán Ó Riain and Amy Healy

Session 1 – Part 1 Session 1 – Part 2



11-1 Flexibilities and Inequalities in Europe’s Labour Markets

Challenges and contradictions in the ‘normalising’ of precarious work

Jill Rubery
(Authors: Jill Rubery, Damian Grimshaw, Mat Johnson and Arjan Keizer)

Session 2 – Part 1


Flexible Employment in Europe: Assessing employment security through the lens of labour market segmentation – a sociological insight
Paolo Barbieri

Session 2 – Part 2


Earnings Inequalities between Couples: What an analysis of variation in the ‘partner pay-gap’ tells us about the persistence of income and gender inequalities.
Vanessa Gash
(Authors: Dieckhoff, M., Gash, V., Mertens, A. and Romeu-Gordo, L.)

Session 2 – Part 3


2-3.30  The Comparative Politics of Work and Employment

Flexibility and Security within European Labour Markets: The Role of Local Bargaining and the “Trade-Offs” within Multinationals’ Subsidiaries in Belgium, Britain and Germany
Valeria Pulignano

Session 3 – Part 1


What happens when Multinationals from LMEs operate In CMEs? The case of Ryanair In Denmark
Steen Navrbjerg

Session 3 – Part 2


3.45-5 Discussion: Where Next for Europe’s Workplaces?

Michael Doherty, Jane Gray (Maynooth University) and Bill Roche (UCD)

Session 4 – Part 1 – Commentary

Session 4 – Part 2 – Q and A


speakersJill Rubery (European Work and Employment Research Centre, University of Manchester) will speak about precarious work and social protection gaps across European countries.

Paolo Barbieri (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento) will speak about labour market regulation, de-regulation and flexible employment in Europe.

Vanessa Gash (Department of Sociology, City University of London) will speak about gender inequalities within households in labour market access and rewards, and the effect of new employment patterns.

Valeria Pulignano (Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven) will speak about company production and union strategies, and mixes of flexibility and security in multinational firms in three countries.

Steen Navrbjerg (FAOS and Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen) will speak about the encounter in workplaces and industrial relations between the ‘Danish Model’ and liberalised international employment relations.

Seán Ó Riain and Amy Healy (Sociology and MUSSI, Maynooth University) will speak about New Deals in the New Economy research on changing work processes in the EU-15 and the links between new work practices and intensity, insecurity, intrusion and income at work.