Det prekære Danmark: The Danish Precariat

Katrine Klinte, Lea Brith Grummisgaard Friedberg, Mikkel Steen Pedersen, Christian Skou Larsen & Ida Breth Holmgaard

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The project’s objective is to operationalize and assess the theory of 'the precariat' by Guy Standing on a Danish context. As a by-product of the globalization and neoliberalism, the increasing flexibility in the labour market in Denmark has led to an aggravated fragmentation and polarization. We conclude that Standing’s assertion on the development towards a precarious and fragmentized society is visible in Denmark, though only partly due to the traditionally strong trade unions, the relatively high level of social security and the Danish flexicurity model. It is possible to identify the precariat, but the level of insecurity and the consequences of which it composes is highly divergent. Although highly divergent, the current political developments and the weakening of the traditional trade unions seem to form the bedrock for an escalation of the Danish precariat. The future of the precariat will depend on how the issue is conveyed and which solutions are set forth. We assess that strengthened trade unions and a steady collective mobilization can be the basis to accommodate the ever rising precariat citizens in Denmark. The need for such a mobilization is not yet significant, but the development seems to be in accordance with Standing’s predictions. The precariat can, on one hand, be presumed to be a side-effect of the general neoliberal pressure on all trades, but it can on the other hand, be considered as an articulation of a global trend that constitutes a class of its own. We estimate that it is highly relevant to shed light on the Danish precariat, although we also conceive that our theoretical foundation can be questioned for its validity and explanatory power due to its class perspective.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato20 jun. 2014
VejledereKlaus Rasborg


  • Precariat
  • Globalisering
  • Neoliberalisme
  • Fleksibilisering
  • Standing
  • Usikkerhed