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Natili, Marcello
Disentangling (new) labour market divides: outsiders’ and globalization losers’ socio-economic risks in Europe – Qual Quant
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Natili, Marcello


In post-industrial and globalized economies, socio-economic risks have become ubiquitous for workers. Two segments of the labour force seem particularly exposed: namely, outsiders (atypical workers and unemployed individuals) and globalization losers (unskilled workers in offshorable employment sectors), with relevant consequences for party competition in Europe. The coexistence of these two segments of vulnerable workers has brought conceptual ambiguity. Using the original 2019 REScEU Mass Survey on ten European countries, we firstly clarify that outsiders and globalization losers do not constitute the same socio-economic group. Secondly, we look into the micro-foundations of outsiders’ and globalization losers’ redistributive preferences and political behaviours by showing that outsiderness, rather than exposure to international competition, constitutes a significant driver of income and employment insecurities, and of dependency on social protection and family financial aid.

To cite this article

Natili, M., Negri, F. Disentangling (new) labour market divides: outsiders’ and globalization losers’ socio-economic risks in Europe. Qual Quant (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-022-01414-9

#European countries #Globalization losers #Income insecurity #Labour market outsiders #Social policies #Unemployment risk
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This project is funded with a Synergy Grant by the European Research Council under Grant Agreement n. 810356. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Council. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.