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ECPR Futures Lab 2020

Political Parties and Non-standard Employment

Georg Picot
Universitetet i Bergen
Georg Picot
Universitetet i Bergen

Although non-standard work has become a major research topic for scholars of labour markets, social policy and political economy, our knowledge of how political parties address the issue is extremely limited even at a descriptive level. Do they, and if so, which parties do explicitly broach the issue? When they do, how do they frame it and what policies do they propose? By taking up these questions, this study will link two currently distinct fields of research: (1) the aforementioned scholarly literature on non-standard employment and, in particular, on its political implications; (2) the political parties literature on issue competition and agenda-setting. Four states with a high share of non-standard work will be analysed: Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. The main method will be a thematically focused content analysis of party manifestos for general elections in the 2000s.
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