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The Gig Economy: A Critical Introduction

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The Gig Economy: A Critical Introduction

Jamie Woodcock, Mark Graham

ISBN: 978-1-509-53635-1 December 2019 Polity 160 Pages

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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’s 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 innovatory new services and created jobs for millions, it is not without cost. It allows businesses and governments to generate value while passing on significant risk and responsibility onto the workers that make it possible. This is not, however, an argument for turning the clock back. Instead, the authors outline four strategies that can produce a fairer gig economy that works for everyone.

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

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: Where did the gig economy come from?
Chapter 2: How does the gig economy work?
Chapter 3: What is it like to work in the gig economy?
Chapter 4: How are workers reshaping the gig economy?
Conclusion: What’s next for the gig economy?
Appendix: Draft Convention on Platform Work
Notes
References
Challenging and important, giving voice to workers on the front line of our growing gig economy. A must read for trade unionists, policymakers and everyone with an interest in making work better amidst rapid tech change.
Frances O’Grady, TUC