Work after Globalization


Work after Globalization

Building Occupational Citizenship

9781848447783 Edward Elgar Publishing
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
Publication Date: March 2010 ISBN: 978 1 84844 778 3 Extent: 384 pp
In this ground-breaking book, Guy Standing offers a new perspective on work and citizenship, rejecting the labourist orientation of the 20th century.

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

Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation marked the rise of industrial citizenship, which hinged on fictitious labour decommodification. Since the 1970s, this has collapsed and a Global Transformation is under way, in which inequalities and insecurities are becoming unsustainable. Guy Standing explains that while a struggle against paternalism is essential, the desirable egalitarian response to the problems caused by globalization is a strategy to build occupational citizenship. This is based on a right to universal economic security and institutions to enable everybody to develop their capabilities and work whilst respecting the ecological imperatives of the 21st century. The book also explores a phasing out of labour law and a re-orientation of collective bargaining towards collaborative bargaining, highlighting the increased importance of the relationship between groups of workers and citizens as well as between workers and capital.

Work after Globalization offers a new perspective on work, rejecting the labourist orientation of the 20th century. Social scientists interested in globalization and labour market issues will warmly welcome this book. It will also strongly appeal to students, researchers, policy-makers, social activists and those connected with the international regulation of occupations.
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‘. . . 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
Contents: Preface 1. Work and Labour in Great Transformations 2. Fictitious Decommodification: The Failure of Industrial Citizenship 3. Labour Recommodification in the Global Transformation 4. Inequality, Class and the ‘Precariat’ 5. Crumbling Barriers to Decommodification 6. Occupational Dismantling and Commodification 7. Occupational Regulation 8. The Horror 9. Reviving Occupation in Full Freedom 10. Economic Rights: The Progressive Agenda Bibliography Index
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