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Capability Association

Multi-Disciplinary and People-Centred

Capability as informational basis for work and employment politics – a European research experience

One of the opportunities our thematic group offers is to take stock of capability theories and concepts in the field of employment and work. This webinar is an exercise in such stock-taking: three members of the TG will look back on a collaborative experience in a pivotal European integrated Project.

In CAPRIGHT (Resources, Rights and Capabilities: In search of social foundations for Europe, (2007-2010) 24 partners from 13 European countries shared their work on capability–related concepts to inform European labour policies and work practices – understood in a wide sense and comprising services and regulation in the fields of work, employment, vocational training, work arrangements and collective action. Five capability domains proved central in CAPRIGHT:

  • The capability for work – regarding qualities of the work process and of work relations,
  • The capability for employment – in internal labour markets, in labour market policy and in interactions with public employment services,
  • The capability for training – both in and out of employment,
  • The capability for work-life-balance – with regard to the balance between paid work and household care work, as well as to personal development,
  • The capability for voice – in all of these domains.

“Ten years after”, Peter BartelheimerJean-Michel Bonvin and Bénédicte Zimmermann look back at the conceptual “takeaway” of the CAPRIGHT network and reflect on refinements and further developments in their subsequent work.

Download Peter Bartelheimer's presentation
Download Jean-Michel Bonvin's presentation
Download Bénédicte Zimmermann's presentation

duration: 76 minutes
film date: April 21, 2021

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