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Bringing Decent Work into the Informal Economy: A comparative case study of Venezuela & Colombia

The informalisation of work is rapidly becoming, particularly in the global South, the preeminent face of neoliberal globalisation. However, even with the numbers of "informal workers" rising ubiquitously, attempts at analysing and conceptualising such a process too often remain stuck in outdated models and conceptions where it is regarded as being either a regrettable carry-on of an archaic era, a temporal state of transition between employment in the formal economy, and/or a phenomenon perceived as being on the underbelly of the capitalist system (for critiques of such views, see: Castells 1996; Munck 2002; Nordstrom 2003).

This thesis proposes to move beyond such stagnant conceptions, instead offering a theorisation of the process of informalisation in which its diverse manifestations can be conceptualised and linked to the complex structural change in labour force reproduction currently taking place in the global political economy.

Last updated on 2017-11-07 at 13:45