Labour Market Liberalisation after the Lehman Crisis: Comparing France, Germany and Japan

Amable, Bruno GND; Marx, Paul; Miura, Mari

10 years after the collapse of the investment firm Lehman Brothers, a shift in discourses on structural labour market reforms is becoming ever more visible. Whereas before the crash many experts and policymakers had argued that market-oriented reforms were necessary to improve labour market and economic performance, the social costs of liberalisation now seem to attract much more attention. Yet the jury is still out on whether this discursive shift has prompted a similar change in policy. While policies emphasising social equality appear to have gained in popularity (e.g. minimum wages, equal treatment for non-standard workers), structural reforms echoing liberalisation are also still on the agenda (e.g. French reforms of labour contract law). This event aims to shed light on this mixed picture of continuity and change by bringing together three renowned scholars from France, Germany, and Japan for a roundtable discussion. They will discuss whether and to what extent the Lehman crisis (a.k.a. the global financial crisis) has indeed led to a lasting reorientation of labour market policy and politics. This DIJ Roundtable is part of two day workshop jointly organised by the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), l’EHESS, Paris and the Japanese-German Centre Berlin (JDZB). The full programme of the workshop is available here.