New modes of business organization and precarious employment: Towards the recommodification of labour?

Carlos Frade*, Isabelle Darmon

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Abstract

While much of the international debate on the future of work focuses on the links between new forms of employment and social protection, and especially on transitions between jobs, this paper addresses a still under-researched issue: the interconnections between employment regulations and business strategies in the production of precarious employment. It seeks to make a contribution to a new strand of research which has emerged in France, Britain and the United States and has cast light on the link between new modes of business organization and new forms of employment. The paper particularly highlights labour recommodification processes as the key instrument in this link and illustrates the dynamics at play in three service sectors known for a high incidence of precarious employment - call centres, performing arts, and domiciliary care for the elderly, in five European countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-121
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of European Social Policy
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • collective bargaining
  • insecurity
  • mode of business organization
  • precarious employment
  • risk

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