Self-Employment in 21st Century Britain

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Kevin Caraher and Enrico Reuter

Self-Employment in 21st Century Britain

Kevin Caraher and Enrico Reuter

Distributed for Bristol University Press

128 pages | 5 x 8
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781447346951 Will Publish February 2020 For sale in North and South America only
This book regards the working conditions of the self-employed and their access to social protection as key questions of current social policy debates. It explores how self-employment has become a more popular form of employment in the UK, especially since the onset of the 2008 global crisis, and how it relates to other trends in labor markets. It assesses the potential benefits and risks of self-employment, both for individuals and wider society, and asks in this context about the limits of an individualization of social risks. The book analyses how the self-employed are protected by the welfare state and to what extent the existing social policies help to avoid and alleviate vulnerabilities. The book thus offers a nuanced analysis of self-employment in its different facets. It seeks to lay the foundation for a more far-reaching engagement of academics, students, policy-makers, and campaigners with one of the most crucial social policy challenges of our times.,
Contents
Economics and politics of self-employment since the 2008 global crisis; Back to the 80s: the historical context of self-employment; Social policy responses to self-employment; The personalisation of risk; The changing role of the state: self-employment, s
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