Informal Work in Developed Nations by Enrico MarcelliInformal Work in Developed Nations by Enrico Marcelli

Informal Work in Developed Nations

EditorEnrico Marcelli, Colin C. Williams, Pascale Joassart

Hardcover | August 19, 2009

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Almost everyone residing in a developed nation knows someone who has engaged in paid work that is licit but not reported to the government (e.g., babysitting, gardening, construction, financial consulting). But while most acknowledge that such work is helpful to the individuals involved, and that informal work may enhance a sense of community, most scholars view it as a pre-modern form of exchange and something that disappears as capitalist markets expand globally. Both mainstream and heterodox economics typically assume that there is an inevitable shift towards the formalization of goods and services provisioning as societies become more "advanced" or "developed" (the "formalization thesis"). In these views, the existence of informal activities is a manifestation of backwardness and it is assumed that they will disappear as an economy becomes more "modern."

This book challenges these conventional theses about the linear trajectory of informal work and economic development by arguing that informal work is not trivial for understanding modern capitalist economies, and that both mainstream and heterodox theories about the economy must be altered to address the role of informal work in relatively developed economies.

This edited collection focuses on informal work in various developed nations, including Canada, the United States, and several in Europe. It will therefore be of interest to policymakers, as well as students and researchers in development studies, social policy, sociology, anthropology, public health, geography, economics and planning.

Enrico Marcelli is Assistant Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, USA. Colin C. Williams is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Sheffield, UK. Pascale Joassart is Assistant Professor of Geography at San Diego State University, USA.

Enrico Marcelliis Associate Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA.Colin C. Williamsis Professor of Public Policy at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.Pascale Joassartis Associate Professor of Geography at San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA.
Title:Informal Work in Developed NationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:August 19, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415777798

ISBN - 13:9780415777797


Table of Contents

1. Introduction to an Institutional Economic Approach to informal Work in Developed NationsEnrico A. Marcelli,Colin C. Williams andPascale M. JoassartPart I: Historical and Methodological Foundations2. The Changing Conceptualization of Informal Work in Developed EconomiesColin C. Williams3. Measuring Informal Work in Developed NationsPascale M. JoassartPart II: Informal Work in Europe4. Informal Work in the Diverse Economies of 'Post-Socialist' EuropeAdrian Smith5. Informal Employment in the Work-Welfare Arrangement of GermanyBirgit Pfau-Effinger and Slaydana Sacac-Magdalenic6. Gender and Informal WorkJan Windebank and Colin C. Williams7. Geographical Variations in Informal Work in Contemporary EnglandColin C. Williams8. The Fallacy of the Formal and Informal Divide: Lessons from a Post-Fordist Regional EconomySimone GhezziPart III: Informal Work in North America9. Day Laborers in New York's Informal EconomyEdwin Melendez, Nik Theodore and Abel Valenzuela, Jr.10. Effects of Wage and Hour Law Enforcement on Informal WorkJordon Rickles and Paul M. Ong11. Informal Work among Mexican Immigrants in Metropolitan Los AngelesEnrico A. Marcelli12. Informal Work in Rural America: Theory and EvidenceTim Slack and Leif Jensen13. Informal Work in CanadaBernard Fortin and Guy Lacroix14. ConclusionColin C. Williams and Enrico A. Marcelli


Editorial Reviews

"Twelve papers seek to move toward a broader understanding of the nature of information work in developed economies by challenging market-centered readings with empirical evidence¿" ¿ Journal of Economic Literature (June 2010)