The Political Behaviour of Temporary Workers (Work and Welfare in Europe)

TitleThe Political Behaviour of Temporary Workers (Work and Welfare in Europe)
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMarx, Paul
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityLondon
Keywordspolitical behavior, precarious employment, temp workers, temporary employment, temporary workers
Abstract

In many European labour markets, temporary employment has become a sizeable phenomenon. We know that temporary contracts come with severe socio-economic disadvantages. But do they also affect political views and behaviour? Do temporary workers have distinct policy preferences? Do they lean towards specific parties? Or do they see themselves as politically excluded and respond with protest behaviour or abstention? It is these vital questions that The Political Behaviour of Temporary Workers addresses. Combining insights from psychology, political science and labour market research, it offers new theories and evidence on the political repercussions of temporary jobs, working with original and existing data to analyse social and labour market policy preferences, voting behaviour and levels of trust in politicians.