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Informalization of the Economy and the Recomodification of Labour
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Irregular Migration, Informal Labour and Community in Europe / [ed] Berggren, Erik, Maastricht: Shaker Publishing , 2007, 134-149 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

 There are two important aims with this paper. First one is to problematize the dominant view on informal economy as a sort of -separate economy-, related primarily to (immigrant) small business and distinct from so called formal economy that for the most part encompasses big companies as well as state economic activities. Contrary to this, starting point of the current paper is that all economical actors are increasingly ready to take informal economic strategies in situation when they are not longer able to secure their economics survival only by using -formal- strategies. Second aim of the paper, which is in accordance with this methodological position, is to say something about the causes, as well as the actors of the current informalization trends that characterize western economies. The conclusion is that informalization of contemporary advanced economies, in most general terms is a result of structural conflict between new economic trends and old regulatory frameworks (Sassen 1997) or as Bob Jessop (1997, 2002) put it between the new capital accumulation regimes and the old regulatory regimes. The old regulatory frameworks, with their focus on decomodification, have become too tight for new forms of capital accumulation, with focus on flexible adaptation, which include increasing demand for re-comodification of labour. The conflict emerges and intensifies among other reasons, because of radically different internal operational logics, agendas and priorities that characterize these two social processes, as well as these two agents of social changes.

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Maastricht: Shaker Publishing , 2007. 134-149 p.
Keyword [en]
informal economy_post-Fordist transformation_recomodification
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-60604ISBN: 978-90-423-0317-1ISBN: 9-0423-0-317-4OAI: diva2:358084
Available from: 2010-10-20 Created: 2010-10-20 Last updated: 2013-08-26

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