Workshops by Professor Steven Vallas

Workshops by Professor Steven Vallas

We're pleased to announce the next visit of the International Francqui Chair Professor, Steven Vallas.

During his stay in Belgium at the host institution CESO (Centre for Sociological Research-KUL), Professor Steven Vallas will pursue a research program on "Flexible Employment Regimes and Social Inequalities".


The research program is articulated in 5 workshops and a closing conference. 

More details on the workshops on 


We will welcome Prof. Vallas at HEC on December 14th, 12:00-5 pm

Neo-liberalism and 'Active' Labor Market Policies: Dilemmas and Debates

Organizer: Francois Pichault (ULg) and Ive Marx (UA)


Active labor market policies have assumed growing importance since the end of the nineties.The concept of flexicurity

(Wilthagen and Tross, 2004) has been particularly influential. Although under the financial crisis and austerity measures flexicurity

has received severe criticisms (Burroni and Keune, 2011), the concrete impact of such policy orientations, presumed to reduce

the risks of precariousness and job insecurity for nonstandard workers, strongly varies from country to country.

The result has generated a host of dilemmas concerning policy responses to long term unemployment, labor market subsidies for

older, disabled, or minority workers, as well as how best to combine security for workers facing transitions with the flexibility

that firms need to compete on the global stage. Moreover, the search for new trade-offs between flexibility and security

does not only emanate from public labor policies: it also results from experimental initiatives, emerging at a micro level

either in the private or non-profit sectors (Pulignano, Doerflinger, and DeFranceschi, 2016; Lorquet, Pichault and Orianne, 2015).

The papers in this workshop confront these issues, addressing theoretical and empirical questions regarding how labor market

uncertainties might best be managed in an era of rapid economic change. 


Free access, Registration mandatory :