The Diffusion of Flexibility: Estimating the Incidence of Low-Regulated Working Conditions

  • Michael Allvin Department of Sociology, Uppsala University
  • Christin Mellner Department of Psychology, Stockholm University
  • Fredrik Movitz Department of Sociology, Stockholm University
  • Gunnar Aronsson Department of Psychology, Stockholm University
Keywords: Employment, wages, unemployment & rehabilitation, Organization & management

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the actual occurrences of flexible working conditions and to demonstrate an instrument for their assessment. Flexibility is discussed as a concept and defined in terms of deregulation of work, and a corresponding increase in self-government and ambiguity. Using empirical data from a national survey of the Swedish labor force, the results show that almost half (47%) of the jobs on the Swedish labor market can be characterized as low, or even unregulated. This means that almost half of the Swedish work force is subjected to working conditions involving a nonnegligible requirement for self-government.

Author Biographies

Michael Allvin, Department of Sociology, Uppsala University

PhD in psychology and associate professor. email: michael.allvin@soc.uu.se

Christin Mellner, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University

PhD in psychology, researcher and lecturer

Fredrik Movitz, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University

PhD in sociology, researcher and lecturer

Gunnar Aronsson, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University

PhD in psychology and professor

Published
2013-09-01
How to Cite
Allvin, M., Mellner, C., Movitz, F., & Aronsson, G. (2013). The Diffusion of Flexibility: Estimating the Incidence of Low-Regulated Working Conditions. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 3(3), 99-116. https://doi.org/10.19154/njwls.v3i3.3013