Political parties and non-standard employment

Recent research has shown that new labour market divides resulting from the rise of non- standard employment are reflected in the political preferences of the workers affected. Yet, our knowledge of the stance of political parties on the issue is extremely limited even descriptively. Do they address non-standard employment in the context of election campaigns – if so, which parties do? How do they frame non-standard work and what policies do they propose? This project tackles these questions by analysing party programmes in four large Continental and Southern Europe states where non-standard employment is widespread and not well integrated into the systems of social protection. The findings indicate that attention to and criticism of non-standard work follows a left-right distribution, but we also find differences within the left: Left-libertarian parties address the issue more specifically, while more traditional left-wing parties often link it to other labour concerns.