In the last Espanet Italia 2017 held in University of Bologna, Forlì Campus I presented the paper The Jobs (F)act: marginalisation processes and flexicurity in Italy, co-authored with A. Firinu (University of Cagliari). The paper aims at introducing two new theoretical concepts for describing the process of on-the-margins deregulation on the Italian labour market: a drifting effect (as a process of drifting from the standard employment, losing rights and entitlements walking away from the centre) that might end up in the creation of niches of marginal work, which has a frail and intermittent inclusion in the system of social security. The article is framed into the flexicurity debate and its critics.
In the context of this paper, we tested the hypothesis that marginalized work is more frequently associated with young adult workers. The paper takes in account three types of marginal work (involuntary part-time, contractors, dependent freelance) to demonstrate that 1. yes, there is a concentration among younger workers 2. the more economically vulnerable is the territorial context and the more lose are the institutional settings that regulate flexicurity at local level, the higher is the segregation into marginal work for those workers.
Pdf of the presentation is available upon request.