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 15: Non-standard work and non-standard workers

Vicki Smith and Brian Halpin


The size of the non-standard workforce in industrialised countries has grown over the last four decades, as has social science research on this category of employment. This chapter first reviews the genealogy of the concept and explains the growth of the category. It then reviews research that has analysed non-standard employment, looking at specific practices and non-standard work in different sectors of the labour market. It concludes by reviewing policies that have been adopted in some countries to rectify the more deleterious aspects of non-standard work and suggests that such policies should be more widely adopted around the globe.

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