Will the gig economy prevail?

Will the gig economy prevail?

by Colin Crouch


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Increasingly, employees are being falsely treated as ‘self-employed’. This phenomenon – the ‘gig economy’ – is seen as the inevitable shape of things to come.

In this book, Colin Crouch takes a step back and questions this logic. He shows how the idea of an employee – a stable status that involves a bundle of rights – has maintained a curious persistence. Examining the ways companies are attacking these rights, from proffering temporary work to involuntary part-time work to ‘gigging’, he reveals the paradoxes of the situation and argues that it should not and cannot continue. He goes on to propose reforms to reverse the perverse incentives that reward irresponsible employers and punish good ones, setting out an agenda for a realistic future of secure work.

Crouch’s penetrating analysis will be of interest to everyone interested in the future of work, the welfare state and the gig economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781509532445
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/15/2019
Series: Future of Capitalism Series
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Colin Crouch is Professor Emeritus of the University of Warwick and an External Scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for Social Research at Cologne.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Abbreviations ix

1 The Rise of Precarious Work 1

2 Ambiguities of the Employment Contract 12

3 The Rise, Fall and Persistence of Standard Employment 43

4 The Changing Shape of Precariousness 74

5 A New Approach to Employment Security 91

References 131

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