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Quality of Work in the European Union

(Peter Lang, 2009, 250 pp., ISBN 978-90-5201-577-4 pb.) edited Ana M. Guillén (University of Oviedo, Spain) & Svenn-Ċge Dahl (University of Bergen, Norway), as a result of the collaboration on "Tensions between Quality and Quantity of Jobs" of the RECWOWE Network of Excellence (Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe, 2006-2011).

This collective volume on quality of work in the European Union offers a comprehensive analysis on the current situation of the tensions between work and welfare in Europe, with a special emphasis on employment-related issues. The volume tackles a crucial aspect of employment policies, namely the strengthening of the quality dimension in the decisions taken by policy-makers to foster the performance of the labour market and to combine this orientation with the demands of workers for welfare, protection and a better reconciliation of work and family life. Quality of work has been on the agenda of policy-makers, practitioners and academics for the last few years, promoting a wide debate. The book provides a contribution to this debate and takes into consideration a range of issues associated with the analysis of work quality from an innovative perspective. Relevant subtopics including a conceptual and political analysis of work quality, wage differentials and in-work poverty, gender issues or workers' direct and indirect representation in the firm and its relation with work quality are addressed.