Work after Globalization

Building Occupational Citizenship

Guy Standing, Professor of Economic Security, University of Bath, UK and former Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

In this ground-breaking book, Guy Standing offers a new perspective on work and citizenship, rejecting the labourist orientation of the 20th century.

‘. . . this book is a tour de force, providing a provocative analysis as well as a vision, rooted in normative reflection for a better world to work in. It should be mandatory reading for all students of social policy and industrial relations.’
– Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Journal of Social Policy

‘This is a scholarly and erudite work. . . There is a wealth of detail, all illustrated with plenty of fascinating examples. . . It is impossible to give the full flavour of this thoughtful and stimulating book in even a long review, but it deserves to be widely accessible and read.’
– Citizen’s Income

‘. . . this is the greatest book ever about work (in all its forms). . . Work after Globalization offers us the kind of foundation we need to launch a new social-democratic program. . . do yourself a favour, don’t take my word for it. You need to read this book for yourself. . . If you’re ever going to read a book about work, make it this one.’
– Peter Hall-Jones, New Unionism Network

‘This is an important book. It shifts emphasis from the role of capital to the creativity of labour in the creation of value in the real economy. A central role is accorded to each and all of the skills and occupations which contribute to the construction of an economy and a civic culture governed by the public interest. Guy Standing has made an original contribution to the validation of human creativity in the economic process. The work owes an acknowledged debt to the vision of Karl Polanyi.’
– Kari Polanyi-Levitt, McGill University, Canada

‘Standing has written a comprehensive account of what the forces and developments that govern the contemporary world (such as states, employers, trade unions, the globalization of labor markets, financial market crises etc.) do to workers and the conditions under which they work and live. It is rare for a social science work that is full of empirical information to be as accessibly written as this one. It is even rarer to find all three of the things that good social science can deliver – fine-grained description, original explanation, sophisticated normative reflection – in the pages of a single volume. One of the richest accounts of the fates of labor since Polanyi (1944).’
– Claus Offe, Hertie School of Governance, Germany

‘In Work after Globalization, Guy Standing, one of the most knowledgeable and theoretically sophisticated scholars in the area of labor relations today, paints a rich panorama of contemporary labor practices around the world to demonstrate that we are in the midst of a societal shift of historical dimensions. Standing’s concept of occupational citizenship provides a way to re-capture both human agency and community, thereby reconciling the individual with society and flexibility with new forms of social security. This book is a tour de force for its sweeping scope, incisive analysis, and predictive power.’
– Katherine Stone, University of California, Los Angeles, US

2010 384 pp Paperback 978 1 84844 778 3 £32.00 £25.60 $54.00 $43.20
2009 384 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 164 4 £118.00 £106.20 $175.00 $157.50

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