Towards Full and Decent Employment

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While the international community has made a commitment to achieving full employment and decent work for all, this goal seems ever more distant in view of recent trends such as growing unemployment and underemployment, the phenomenon of 'jobless growth', the growing 'casualization' of employment relations, the promotion of labour flexibility at the expense of welfare security, de-industrialization and the continued decline of peasant agriculture.

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Overview

While the international community has made a commitment to achieving full employment and decent work for all, this goal seems ever more distant in view of recent trends such as growing unemployment and underemployment, the phenomenon of 'jobless growth', the growing 'casualization' of employment relations, the promotion of labour flexibility at the expense of welfare security, de-industrialization and the continued decline of peasant agriculture.

While revisiting some familiar terrain with new lenses, this book also breaks new ground in seeking fresh solutions. Employment creation is the key link in ensuring that economic growth contributes to poverty reduction, with management of technological change playing a crucial role. While the recent trend towards greater labour flexibility seems irresistible, recent experience suggests some options for also ensuring decent work and economic security. Although recent financial liberalization has exacerbated employment problems, alternative macroeconomic policy priorities can make a difference. New approaches to social security, the informal economy, the welfare state and rural employment in Africa are explored.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842778821
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.89 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Jomo K. S. is Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development based in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat. José Antonio Ocampo is Under-Secretary General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in the United Nations Secretariat.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
List of Tables     ix
List of Figures     xi
Preface   Jose Antonio Ocampo     xiv
Towards Full Employment and Decent Work: An Introduction   Jomo K. S.     1
Financial Openness and Employment: The Need for Coherent International and National Policies   Rolph van der Hoeven   Malte Lubker     22
Technology and Employment in an Open Underdeveloped Economy   Prabhat Patnaik     54
Macroeconomic Policy, Employment, Unemployment and Gender Equality   Diane Elson     70
Central Banks as Agents of Employment Creation   Gerald Epstein     92
Growth, Employment and Poverty   Azizur Rahman Khan     123
Generating Rural Employment in Africa to Fight Poverty   Janvier D. Nkurunziza     158
Labour Market Flexibility and Decent Work   Gerry Rodgers     191
How Employment and Workers Rights can be Made Complementary   Robert Boyer     207
Rethinking the Informal Economy: Linkages with the Formal Economy and the Formal Regulatory Environment   Martha Alter Chen     234
Modernizing the Informal Sector   Victor E. Tokman     255
Changing the Paradigm in Social Security: FromFiscal Burden to Investing in People   Michael Cichon   Krzysztof Hagemejer   John Woodall     277
Transformative Social Policy   Thandika Mkandawire     305
Protecting Workers, Creating Jobs: Rethinking Social Protection in Developing Countries   Carmen Pages     317
Transforming the Developmental Welfare States in East Asia   Huck-Ju Kwon     330
Labour Inspection for Decent Work and Economic Development   Michael J. Piore   Andrew Schrank     356
Contributors     370
Index     375

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