The job insecurity of others : On the role of perceived national job insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Shoss, Mindy, Van Hootegem, Anahí, Selenko, Eva and De Witte, Hans. (2023). The job insecurity of others : On the role of perceived national job insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Economic and Industrial Democracy. 44(2), pp. 385-409. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X221076176
AuthorsShoss, Mindy, Van Hootegem, Anahí, Selenko, Eva and De Witte, Hans
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Political scientists and sociologists have highlighted insecure work as a societal ill underlying individuals’ lack of social solidarity (i.e., concern about the welfare of disadvantaged others) and political disruption. In order to provide the psychological underpinnings connecting perceptions of job insecurity with societally-relevant attitudes and behaviors, in this article the authors introduce the idea of perceived national job insecurity. Perceived national job insecurity reflects a person’s perception that job insecurity is more or less prevalent in their society (i.e., country). Across three countries (US, UK, Belgium), the study finds that higher perceptions of the prevalence of job insecurity in one’s country is associated with greater perceptions of government psychological contract breach and poorer perceptions of the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, but at the same time is associated with greater social solidarity and compliance with COVID-19 social regulations. These findings are independent of individuals’ perceptions of threats to their own jobs.

KeywordsCOVID-19; government psychological contract breach; job insecurity; social solidarity
Year2023
JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
Journal citation44 (2), pp. 385-409
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN0143-831X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X221076176
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85125041076
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