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Global Labour Flexibility

Seeking Distributive Justice

Guy Standing

MacMillan Press, London, 1999, 441 sider, ISBN 0-333-77652-6

Description:
What models of distributive justice can the twenty-first century promote to challenge the spread of insecurity, inequality and social fragmentation? The twentieth century was dominated by competition between two labour models of society - state socialism and welfare state capitalism, which promoted forms of labour security. Since the 1970s globalization and flexible labour markets have increased insecurity and inequalities. After a period dominated by libertarianism, politicians and social thinkers must find ways of promoting distributive justice, based on basic security and new forms of voice representation and regulation. Dismissing the approach of the `new paternalists', this book presents a vision combining security of income and representation without moralistic state control.

Contents:
Preface
PART I: CONCEPTUALISING GLOBAL LABOUR
Of Work, Labour and Employment
Status, Control and Contract
PART II: THE SIRENS OF FLEXIBILITY
The Pursuit of Flexibility
Forms of Flexibility
PART III: THE ROCKS OF INSECURITY
Labour Market Insecurity
Insecurity in Employment
Differentiating Income Security
Social Protection, Fragmentation and Detachment
PART IV: LABOURIST OPTIONS
Minimum Wages, Subsidies and Tax Credits
The Road to Workfare
PART V: SHADOW OF THE FUTURE
A Redistributive Agenda
Appendix: Concepts of Control and Modes of Resistance
Index

Author Biographies:
DR GUY STANDING is Senior Economist at the International Labour Organization in Geneva. From 1992 - 1994 he was Director of the ILOs Central and Eastern European office, based in Budapest, advising governments, employers and trade unions on reforms in labour and social policy in countries in that region. He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge and a master's degree in industrial relations and labour economics. He has contributed many articles in academic journals and has written or edited 14 books on various aspects of labour economics and labour policy.

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