Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment
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Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment

Edited by Gregor Gall

Providing a thorough overview of the political nature and dynamics of the world of work, labour and employment, this timely Handbook draws together an interdisciplinary range of top contributors to explore the interdependent relationship between politics and labour, work and employment. The Handbook explores the purpose, roles, rights and powers of employers and management, workers and unions, states and governments in the age of globalised neo-liberalism.
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Chapter 10: The moral economy: flexible employment and layers of disconnection

Sharon C. Bolton and Knut Laaser


This chapter suggests stepping back to engage with classic moral economy approaches for a critical analysis and evaluation of labour, work and employment. The concept of moral economy has a rich heritage of analysing the dialectical relationship between economic practices, communities and people in pre-market and capitalist societies. The chapter goes on to apply a moral economy framework to an exploration of flexible employment strategies, at the micro- and meso- (social relationships in workplaces, employer strategies) and macro- (institutions, employment policies) levels.

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