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A Research Agenda for the Gig Economy and Society

9781800883505 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Valerio De Stefano, PhD, Associate Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada, Ilda Durri, PhD Candidate, Charalampos Stylogiannis, PhD Candidate and Mathias Wouters, PhD, Institute for Labour Law, KU Leuven, Belgium
Publication Date: November 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 350 5 Extent: c 256 pp
Providing a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of the gig economy from both a labour and employment perspective, this Research Agenda goes beyond the question of the employment status of platform workers. It investigates how the gig economy is changing the way people work, how the platforms’ business models are spreading in our economies, and what labour and social institutions are needed to respond to the challenges that platform work raises.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Providing a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of the gig economy from both a labour and employment perspective, this Research Agenda goes beyond the question of the employment status of platform workers. It investigates how the gig economy is changing the way people work, how the platforms’ business models are spreading in our economies, and what labour and social institutions are needed to respond to the challenges that platform work raises.

Covering key issues such as algorithmic management, discrimination, occupational health and safety, casual work and collective labour rights, the authors challenge the narrative that the gig economy is a set of work arrangements that cannot be regulated through existing labour legislation and governance forms. The impact of the gig economy in developing countries and the regulation of global supply changes in platform work are also addressed.

With contributions from world-leading authors, this Research Agenda will be crucial reading for scholars of labour and employment law, sociologists, economists and industrial relations specialists.
Critical Acclaim
‘This important volume lays bare the significance of platform work for the wider world of work and for society at large. Through a multidisciplinary perspective it addresses a myriad of issues concerning platform work that have not received their due attention such as occupational safety and health, discrimination, and gaps in cross-border governance. The editors and contributors have done a fantastic job in making clear both the exceptional – and the unexceptional – aspects of platform work and thus provide a useful guide to scholars, social partners and policymakers of how to shape the gig economy so that it can be of benefit to all.’
– Janine Berg, International Labour Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

‘If the last two years have undoubtedly represented a quantum leap in the understanding and regulation of platform work at the European and national level, this volume marks the beginning of a second age of the multidisciplinary research on forms of work organized by technology. Thought-provoking contributions by brilliant authors from various scientific and geographical backgrounds pave the way for a new season of critical thinking, impactful inquiry and regulatory intervention. A much-recommended read!’
– Antonio Aloisi, IE University, Madrid, Spain
Contributors
Contributors include: Alberto Barrio, Alessio Bertolini, Alan Bogg, Ricardo Buendia, Iain Campbell, Aude Cefaliello, Eleni De Becker, Valerio De Stefano, Ruth Dukes, Ilda Durri, Nora Gobel, Mark Graham, Elena Gramano, Kelle Howson, Cristina Inversi, Srujana Katta, Miriam Kullmann, Rishabh Kumar Dhir, Nastazja Potocka-Sionek, Uma Rani, Paul Schoukens, Natalie Sedacca, Charalampos Stylogiannis, Funda Ustek-Spilda, Mathias Wouters
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