Job insecurity cuts to the core of identity and social stability – and can push people towards extremism – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Eva Selenko and Chris Stride “Will I lose my job in the near future?” For most people this is an unpleasant scenario to ponder, and for many it is a real and pressing concern. Since the financial crisis, more than half of all jobs created in the European Union have been through … [Read More] Job insecurity cuts to the core of identity and social stability – and can push people towards extremism – The Conversation

Welfare States and Labour Market Change: What is the Possible Relation? Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT Welfare states in many countries have, at least since the financial crisis, been under strong pressure from high levels of unemployment. We are expecting dramatic changes to labour markets. This article first presents the various arguments as to why there have or have not been substantial changes to labour markets, and whether there might … [Read More] Welfare States and Labour Market Change: What is the Possible Relation? Social Policy & Administration

Fighting back against the gig economy (UK) – Red Pepper

Extract from an article by Mags Dewhurst The couriers’ branch of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain is taking a claim to employment tribunal, which, if successful, could not only revolutionise employment for cycle couriers but has huge implications for everyone who wants a fairer jobs market. The claim is against four of London’s largest … [Read More] Fighting back against the gig economy (UK) – Red Pepper

The Quality of Work in a Changing Labour Market – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT There have been sharply contrasting scenarios of the long-term pattern of change in the quality of work and employment in the advanced societies. Three broad perspectives have dominated enquiry in the last three decades: an optimistic tradition emphasizing progressive improvement in skills and the quality of work; a pessimistic tradition underlining emerging threats to … [Read More] The Quality of Work in a Changing Labour Market – Social Policy & Administration

The Politics of ‘Minimum Wage’ Welfare States: The Changing Significance of the Minimum Wage in the Liberal Welfare Regime – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT It is an indisputable reality that the English-speaking welfare states have retreated from their distinct postwar welfare state compromises in ways that prompt many to wonder what is still liberal about the liberal welfare states. Considering developments in minimum wage institutions and politics in five liberal welfare states, this article argues that the apparent … [Read More] The Politics of ‘Minimum Wage’ Welfare States: The Changing Significance of the Minimum Wage in the Liberal Welfare Regime – Social Policy & Administration

Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Mark Smith “Money for nothing” is not just a song from 1985 by Dire Straits but also, it seems, a new wave of policies supporting the government providing an income for citizens, regardless of their economic activity. Benoît Hamon, the surprise winner of the first round of the socialist primaries in … [Read More] Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

We can’t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job (UK) – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Chris Johnes Chris Johnes argues that getting a job is not necessarily a route out of poverty. Rising costs and falling real wages means that having a job won’t necessarily allow you to make ends meet. What’s worse, the auterity programme is hitting low-income households disproportionately hardest. We must, therefore, rethink the prevailing attitude towards taxes and … [Read More] We can’t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job (UK) – British Politics & Policy at LSE

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