Unshackling the Future of Work from the Ideology of Full-Employment

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Jan E. Windebank

University of Sheffield - Department of French

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

This paper argues that by shackling the future of work to a vision of full-employment, alternative futures are closed-off. At present, employment creation is seen as the sole route out of poverty. Here, however, we reveal that a complementary additional pathway is to help people to help themselves and each other. To show this, evidence from a survey of 400 households in deprived neighborhoods of Southampton and Sheffield is reported. This reveals that besides creating job opportunities, measures that directly empower people to improve their circumstances could be a useful complementary initiative to combat social exclusion and open up new futures for work that are currently closed-off.

Keywords: future of work, employment, economic development, informal economy, informal sector, informalisation, full-employment

JEL Classification: O17, H31

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin and Windebank, Jan E., Unshackling the Future of Work from the Ideology of Full-Employment (1999). Foresight, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 309-322, 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2289934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2289934

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