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The Gig Economy

Hardback By Jamie Woodcock, Mark Graham
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All of a sudden, everybody’s talking about the gig economy. From taxi drivers to pizza deliverers to the unemployed, we are all aware of the huge changes that it is driving in our lives as workers, consumers and citizens.

 This is the first comprehensive overview of this highly topical subject. Drawing upon years of research, stories from gig workers, and a review of the key trends and debates, Jamie Woodcock and Mark Graham shed light on how the gig economy came to be, how it works and what it’s like to work in it. They show that, although it has facilitated innovative new services and created jobs for millions, it is not without cost. It allows businesses and governments to generate value while passing significant risk and responsibility onto the workers that make it possible. This is not, however, an argument for turning back the clock. Instead, the authors outline four strategies that can produce a fairer platform economy that works for everyone.

 Woodcock and Graham’s critical introduction will be essential reading for students, scholars and general readers interested in the massive shifts that characterize our modern digital economy.

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Format: Hardback, 160 pages Language: English
Dimension: 21.84cm x 14.48cm x 2.03cm ISBN10: 1509536353
Weight: 363g ISBN13: 9781509536351
Publication Date: 26 Nov 2019 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Jamie Woodcock is a Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford Mark Graham is Professor of Internet Geography at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford

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ÂChallenging and important, giving voice to workers on the front line of our growing gig economy, this book is a must read for trade unionists, policymakers and everyone with an interest in making work better amidst rapid technological change.

ÂFrances OÂGrady, Trades Union Congress General Secretary ÂAt a time when governments the world over turn away from workers, scholar-activists Woodcock and Graham offer a critical introduction to the global gig economy. They investigate innovative ways in which new forms of unions can help to tackle the Trojan Horse of gig labour.

ÂTrebor Scholz, Director, Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New SchoolÂ[A] vital new contribution.

ÂEconomic & Political Weekly


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