Staying underground: informal work, small firms, and employment regulation in the United Kingdom
Ram, Monder, Edwards, Paul and Jones, Trevor. (2007) Staying underground: informal work, small firms, and employment regulation in the United Kingdom. Work and Occupations, Vol.34 (3). pp. 318-344. ISSN 0730-8884Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0730888407303223
Why does a universal labor law, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the United Kingdom, have little effect on firms operating in the informal economy? In explaining this particular empirical puzzle, the authors go beyond dominant accounts of the informal economy-the neo-liberal and the marginalization theses-to develop analysis based on the negotiation of consent within the labor process. Evidence from employers and employees in 17 firms is presented. The informal sector developed social relations of work that operated independently of the NMW, a key aspect being a tacit negotiation of order even under conditions apparently unhelpful to such practices. Informality was deeply embedded in relations of work that continued to reproduce themselves.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Work and Occupations|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||27|
|Page Range:||pp. 318-344|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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