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Self-Employment as Precarious Work

A European Perspective Edited by Wieteke Conen, Assistant Professor, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies, University of Amsterdam and Joop Schippers, Professor of Labour Economics, Universiteit Utrecht, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance and Affiliated Researcher, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, the Netherlands
Since the 1970s the long term decline in self-employment has slowed – and even reversed in some countries – and the prospect of ‘being your own boss’ is increasingly topical in the discourse of both the general public and within academia. Traditionally, self-employment has been associated with independent entrepreneurship, but increasingly it has become a form of precarious work. This book utilises evidence-based information to address both the current and future challenges of this trend as the nature of self-employment changes, as well as to demonstrate where, when and why self-employment has emerged as precarious work in Europe.
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 502 5
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Since the 1970s the long term decline in self-employment has slowed – and even reversed in some countries – and the prospect of ‘being your own boss’ is increasingly topical in the discourse of both the general public and within academia. Traditionally, self-employment has been associated with independent entrepreneurship, but increasingly it is linked to being a form of precarious work. This book utilises evidence-based information to address both the current and future challenges of this trend as the nature of self-employment changes, as well as to demonstrate where, when and why self-employment has emerged as precarious work in Europe.

Bringing together leading international experts in the field, this book provides insight into key issues surrounding self-employment from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. Covering existing theory and context, providing empirical results of studies into self-employment and precarious work from across Europe, and discussion of the implications of this research, it offers key insights into future avenues for research.

Students of European studies and social policy, as well as policy makers and researchers with a particular interest in employment, self-employment and precarious work across Europe, will find the data and policy ideas presented in this book an invaluable read.
Contributors: D. Anxo, H. Bennaars, S. Berwing, D. Bögenhold, P. Borghi, W. Conen, M. Debets, T. Ericson, U. Fachinger, A. Isaak, G. Jansen, F. Kandutsch, A. Klinglmair, R. Leicht, N. Meager, A. Murgia, Z. Parastuty, J. Schippers, K. Schulze Buschoff, R. Sluiter
Contents:

Preface
1. Self-Employment: Between Freedom and Insecurity
Wieteke Conen and Joop Schippers

PART I Do we have to worry about the ‘new self-employed’? Theory and Context
2. Labour Market Flexibility, Self-Employment and Precariousness
Joop Schippers

3. Social Protection for the Self-Employed: an EU Legal Perspective
Hanneke Bennaars

4. Self-Employment, Pensions and the Risk of Poverty in Old Age
Uwe Fachinger

PART II Self-Employment and Precarious Work in Europe: Empirical Results
5. Self-Employment: Independent ‘Enterprise’, or Precarious Low-skilled Work? The case of the UK
Nigel Meager

6. Micro-Entrepreneurship and Changing Contours of Work: Towards Precarious Work Relations? Empirical Findings from Austria
Dieter Bögenhold, Andrea Klinglmair, Zulaicha Parastuty and Florian Kandutsch

7. Precariousness and Social Risks among Solo Self-Employed in Germany and The Netherlands
Wieteke Conen and Maarten Debets

8. Between Precariousness and Freedom: the Ambivalent Condition of Independent Professionals in Italy
Paolo Borghi and Annalisa Murgia

9. Bogus Self-Employment in Sweden
Dominique Anxo and Thomas Ericson

10. Precariousness among Older Self-Employed Workers in Europe
Wieteke Conen

11. Migrant Self-Employment in Germany: On the Risks, Characteristics and Determinants of Precarious Work
Stefan Berwing, Andrew Isaak and René Leicht

PART III Implications and Future Research Agenda
12. The Matter of Representation: Precarious Self-Employment and Interest Organisations
Giedo Jansen and Roderick Sluiter

13. The ‘New’ Self-Employed and Hybrid Forms of Employment: Challenges for Social Policies in Europe
Karin Schulze Buschoff

14. Between Freedom and Insecurity: Future Challenges
Joop Schippers and Wieteke Conen

Index