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Economic transition, partisan politics and EU austerity: a case study of Slovakia’s labour market policies

Stefan Domonkos (Institute of Economic Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences)

Publication date : 2016

Number of pages : 28

Author(s) :

Stefan Domonkos (Institute of Economic Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences)

This working paper provides an overview of labour market policies in the Slovak Republic, from the beginning of the post-socialist transition to the recent period, characterised by growing pressure for fiscal stringency from the European Union (EU). It investigates the differences between the prevalent trends in labour market policies before and after 2010 and it finds little difference between them.

While EU-led austerity may have played a role, it rather prolonged and reinforced the existing tendency towards increasingly strict punitive measures, underfinanced active labour market policies and cuts affecting the capacity of public institutions to provide material and non-material help to jobseekers.

Collection: 2016.04
ETUI, Brussels, ISSN 1994-4446, ISSN 1994-4454 (pdf)

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