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Description - Informal Employment in Advanced Economies by Colin C. Williams

Informal employment, whether the result of tax evasion or working whilst claiming benefit, is an issue rapidly rising to the top of government policy agendas. Re-Placing Informal Employment challenges many of the popular myths surrounding informal economic activities, offering a radical reconceptualisation of their extent, growth, location and nature as well as evaluating the contrasting policy options open to governments. This book challenges three popular myths about informal employment. First, it tackles the popular belief that informal employment is growing throughout the advanced economies. Second it challenges the myth that this work is undertaken mostly by marginalised groups such as the unemployed, poor, ethnic minorities and immigrants and in deprived neighbourhoods. Third, it evaluates the dominant view that we should replace informal with formal employment through enforcement of stringent laws and regulations concerning tax evasion, benefit fraud and the contravention of labour laws. In challenging these views, Re-Placing Informal Employment finds that far from a universal informalisation of the advanced economies, different places are pursuing heterogeneous development paths: some areas continue to formalise work and welfare; others are witnessing rapid informalisation of a highly exploitative nature. Examining policy options and their consequences, the authors show that conventional regulatory and de-regulatory approaches merely exacerbate inequalities and a radical alternative solution, grounded in a 'new economics' vision of the future of work and welfare provision, is essential.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415169592
ISBN-10: 0415169593
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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