In today’s economic context, governments are required to take centre stage, helping
workers to compete in the global market whilst also supporting employers so that they
may retain jobs, increase productivity and offer better-quality employment at the
local level. This book provides a new indicator for benchmarking labour-market policy,
reviewing the flexibility available in its management throughout OECD countries. The
research offers new evidence of the link between flexibility and employment outcomes.
Concrete examples of how localities can harness greater flexibility to generate better
economic and social outcomes are provided. The new style of management recommended in
this book will be key to any national strategy for returning economies to prosperity.