Project Details

Research Cluster: OISP
Start Date: 01.10.2012
End Date: 31.12.2013

In protracted limbo: a comparative study of the tranisitions to adulthood and life trajectories of former unaccompanied children in Europe

DSPI Principal Investigator: Professor Robert Walker
Funded by: John Fell OUP Fund

Non-standard forms of employment, such as fixed-term contracts, temporary agency work, and part-time work, have risen in the last twenty years in most developed countries. This project will study how political parties have reacted as the interests of this new social group do not coincide with those of workers in permanent full-time jobs, and thus give rise to demand for different policies. Research so far has focussed on the labour market conditions of non-standard workers and on their political preferences, but not on the position of political parties vis-à-vis this group. This project focuses on four large countries in Continental and Southern Europe (Germany, France, Spain, and Italy) where non-standard work is particularly widespread. Party manifestos and other party documents will be examined as to whether they explicitly address non-standard employment, how they frame it, and what policies they propose. The findings will be significant for our understanding of how parties react to new social needs.

Related Publications

  • Elaine Chase and June Statham (2013) "Families left behind:stories of unaccompanied young people seeking asylum in the UK", J. McCarthy, CA. Hooper, and V. Gillies ed.,Family Troubles? Exploring Changes and Challenges in the Family Lives of Children and Young People . Bristol : Policy Press , 233-245

  • Elaine Chase (2013) "In search of security: The mental health and rights of unaccompanied young people seeking asylum in the UK.", F. Thomas and J. Gideon. ed.,Migration, Health and Inequality . Zed Books, 94-112

  • Elaine Chase, Abigail Knight and June Statham  (2008)The Emotional Wellbeing of Young People Seeking Asylum in the UK . London : BAAF