Global Labour Flexibility: Seeking Distributive Justice

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 4, 1999 - Business & Economics - 441 pages
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What models of distributive justice can the twenty-first century promote to challenge the spread of insecurity, inequality, and social fragmentation? The 20th century was dominated by competition between two labor models of society--state socialism and welfare state capitalism, which promoted forms of labor security. Since the 1970s, globalization and flexible labor markets have increased insecurity and inequalities. After a period dominated by libertarianism, politicians and social thinkers must find ways of promoting distributive justice, based on basic security and new forms of voice representation and regulation. Dismissing the approach of the "new paternalists," this book presents a new vision combining security of income and representation without moralistic state control.

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Guy Standing is Senior Economist for International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland.

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