Precarious Work, Women and the New Economy

Precarious Work, Women and the New Economy : The Challenge to Legal Norms

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22mm | 603g
  • Hart Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1841136166
  • 9781841136165
  • 1,192,169

Table of contents

Part One Introduction 1 Precarious Work, Women, and The New Economy: The Challenge to Legal Norms Judy Fudge and Rosemary Owens Part Two Supranational Norms and Discourses about Precarious Work 2 Rights, Risk, and Reward: Governance Norms in the International Order and the Problem of Precarious Work Kerry Rittich 3 Gender, Precarious Work, and the International Labour Code: The Ghost in the ILO Closet Leah Vosko 4 Promoting Precariousness? The Response of EU Employment Policies to Precarious Work Diamond Ashiagbor Part Three Working Time and Precarious Work 5 Time to Dream? Flexibility, Families, and the Regulation of Working Time Joanne Conaghan 6 The Need for a Reduced Workweek in the United States Vicki Schultz and Allison Hoffman 7 Gender and the Legal Regulation of Employment Breaks Claire Kilpatrick Part Four A Matter of Status? Protecting Precarious Workers 8 Precarious Norms for Precarious Workers Sandra Fredman 9 Self-Employment, Women, and Precarious Work: The Scope of Labour Protection Judy Fudge 10 The Regulation of Paid Care Work in the Home in Quebec: From the Hearth to the Global Marketplace Stephanie Bernstein Part Five Old Laws/New Workers 11 The New Face of Employment Discrimination Katherine Stone 12 On the Gendered Norm of Standard Employment in a Changing Labour Market Jenny Julen Votinius 13The Legal Production of Precarious Work Rosemary Hunter Part Six The Challenge of Flexibility 14 Flexibility and Security, Working Time, and Work-Family Policies Susanne Burri 15 Engendering Flexibility in a World of Precarious Work Rosemary Owens
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Review quote 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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About Judy Fudge

Judy Fudge is currently Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, where she teaches employment and labour law. Beginning January 2007, she will be the Lansdowne Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. Rosemary Owens is a Reader in Law at the University of Adelaide, where she researches and teaches in the areas of labour and industrial relations law, Australian constitutional law, and feminist legal theory.
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