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Precarious Work, Women, and the New Economy

The Challenge to Legal Norms

Editor(s): Judy Fudge, Rosemary Owens
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Published: 26-04-2006
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 432
ISBN: 9781847312150
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
RRP: £33.29
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Loren Epson

About Precarious Work, Women, and the New Economy

Globalisation, the shift from manufacturing to services as a source of employment, and the spread of information-based systems and technologies have given birth to a new economy, which emphasises flexibility in the labour market and in employment relations. These changes have led to the erosion of the standard (industrial) employment relationship and an increase in precarious work - work which is poorly paid and insecure. Women perform a disproportionate amount of precarious work. This collection of original essays by leading scholars on labour law and women's work explores the relationship between precarious work and gender, and evaluates the extent to which the growth and spread of precarious work challenges traditional norms of labour law and conventional forms of legal regulation.The book provides a comparative perspective by furnishing case studies from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Quebec, Sweden, the UK, and the US, as well as the international and supranational context through essays that focus on the IMF, the ILO, and the EU. Common themes and concepts thread throughout the essays, which grapple with the legal and public policy challenges posed by women's precarious work.


“…an informative and thought-provoking collection of papers...This volume makes a valuable contribution to the feminist literature. By placing laws and policies in their social contexts, it provides a comparative analysis of the challenges precarious employment growth and feminization of labour present to labour law...The book will be of interest to a broad international audience of economists, sociologists, and industrial relations and human resource management specialists, as well as legal scholars...I would strongly recommend this book to any Feminist Economics reader who is interested in flexibility, workplace changes, and gender and precarious work issues.” –  Isik Urla Zeytinoglu, Feminist Economics 14 (3), July 2008

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