Work-Place: The Social Regulation of Labor Markets

Work-Place: The Social Regulation of Labor Markets

by Jamie Peck


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Work-Place: The Social Regulation of Labor Markets by Jamie Peck

This book challenges the prevailing idea that labor markets are governed by universal economic processes. The author argues instead that labor markets develop in tandem with social and political institutions, and thus function in locally specific ways. Drawing on a critical reading of segmentation and regulation theory, the book examines ways that the spatially uneven development of labor markets affects work structure, job security, and labor relations in different regions. Peck integrates labor market theory with empirical case studies, laying the theoretical groundwork for an alternative regulatory agenda which might deprioritize short-term cost-effectiveness in favor of social protection, improved working conditions, and negotiated worker involvement

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572300446
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 04/06/1996
Series: Perspectives On Economic Change Series
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Jamie Peck is reader in economic geography and member of the International Centre for Labour Studies at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on labor market theory, regional economic restructuring, employment policy evaluation, and the geopolitics of economic governance and social regulation. A research associate of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, his research has been supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the European Science Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund (New York), and the Australian government, while he has consulted to the European Commission, the UK Department of Employment, and numerous local authorities, labor unions, and economic development agencies. He is currently researching the political economy of "welfare reform" on a Harkness Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Places of Work
I. Making Labor Markets
2. Making Workers: Control, Reproduction, and Regulation
3. Structuring the Labor Market: A Segmentation Approach
4. Locating the Local Labor Market: Segmentation, Regulation, Space
II. Placing Labor Markets
5. Flexibilizing Labor: Insecure Work in Unstable Places
6. Domesticating Work: Restructuring at Work, Restructuring at Home
7. Building Workfare States: Institutions of Labor Regulation
8. Localizing Labor: Geopolitics of Labor Regulation
9. Epilogue: Local Dialectics of Labor

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