While the international community has made a commitment to achieve 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 increasing 'casualization' of employment relations, the promotion of labour flexibility at the expense of welfare security, de-industrialization and the continued decline of peasant agriculture. Revisiting some familiar terrain with new lenses, this ground-breaking book seeks fresh solutions. Employment creation is seen as the key link in ensuring that economic growth contributes to poverty reduction, with management of technological change playing a crucial role. While the trend towards greater labour flexibility seems irresistible, recent experience provides some options for also ensuring decent work and economic security. This book illustrates how alternative macroeconomic policy priorities can alleviate the employment problems exacerbated by financial liberalization. It explores new approaches to social security, the informal economy, the welfare state and rural employment in Africa.
|Product dimensions:||5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Technology and Employment in an Open Underdeveloped EconomyPrabhat Patnaik 2. Growth, Employment and Poverty: An Analysis of the Vital Nexus Based on Some Recent UNDP and ILO/SIDA StudiesAzizur Rahman Khan 3. Labour Market Flexibility and Decent WorkGerry Rodgers 4. Employment and Decent Work in the Era of FlexicurityRobert Boyer 5. Central Banks As Agents of Employment CreationGerald Epstein 6. Financial Openness and Employment: The Need for Coherent International and National PoliciesRolph van der Hoeven and Malte Lübker 7. Rethinking the Informal Economy: Linkages with the Formal Economy and the Formal Regulatory EnvironmentMartha Alter Chen 8. Modernizing the Informal EconomyVíctor Tokman 9. Changing the paradigm in social security: From fiscal burden to investing in peopleMichael Cichon, Krzysztof Hagemejer and John Woodall 10. Transforming the Developmental Welfare States in East AsiaHuck-Ju Kwon 11. Generating Rural Employment in Africa to Fight PovertyJanvier Désiré Nkurunziza 12. On the Need for Providing Employment GuaranteePrabhat Patnaik 13. Macroeconomic policy and employment generationMichael Piore 14. Generating EmploymentAnis Ahmad Dani 15. Macroeconomic Policy and Employment Generation: Gender DimensionsDiane Elson 16. Protecting Workers, Creating Jobs: Rethinking Social Protection in Developing CountriesCarmen Pages