This new Department of Social Policy and Social Work project explores the interplay between labour market conditions, social policy interventions and individual characteristics of workers, focussing on diverse forms of self-employment.

In developed economies, precarious forms of employment and increased subjectivation have profoundly altered the way in which wage-labour acts as an integrative force in society.

Contributing to these changes, the focus of social policies has undergone a significant transformation, leading to an increased emphasis on individualised activation around the ideal of the ‘entrepreneurial self’. At the same time, in developing and emerging economies, informal employment without collective protection and a high degree of insecurity persists, despite increases in overall national wealth, so that standards for decent work are likely to be undermined while responsibility of well-being remains individualised.

The key premise of this research project is that structural economic conditions in global financialised capitalism create a particular form of labour-related vulnerability, while representing a substantive challenge for mature as well as developing systems of collective protection. We therefore explore the interplay between labour market conditions, social policy interventions and individual characteristics of workers, focussing on diverse forms of self-employment.

This project is led by Kevin Caraher and Enrico Reuter.

Further information

General blog link: http://wickedissues.blogspot.co.uk/

Blog post on self-employment and social policy: http://wickedissues.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/go-getters-who-go-get-lunch-vulnerable.html

Blog post on vulnerability and work: http://wickedissues.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/so-were-all-vulnerable-now-or-are-some.html

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York International Development Network
idn@york.ac.uk
Research Centre for Social Sciences, 6 Innovation Close, University of York, Heslington, York, Y010 5ZF
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