Over the last few years, ‘flexicurity’ has become a core concept in the European labour market debate. The concept has been widely discussed as a possible new approach to improving labour market performance and combining economic and social objectives.


 This working paper argues that flexicurity has indeed added a number of positive elements to this debate. It also argues that the concept of flexicurity appears ill-defined and highly ambiguous concerning its role in informing policy.


 It will also be shown that in the European political arena this ill-defined concept has so far failed to a create consensus on political choices, leading to its instrumentalisation by traditional views and interests.

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Between innovation and ambiguity The role of flexicurity in labour market and analysis and policy making_2008