Labour standards and practice

Wage Policy in an Era of Deepening Inequality 2006

Client:  Academy of Social Sciences

In this paper, we aim to integrate a number of disparate threads whose logic is often seen in isolation. We draw the connections between developments in commercial law and the wages system, between the welfare-to-work debate and low wages, and between life-cycle issues and wage setting. Moreover, we also en-gage in a modest amount of [philosophical] 'under-labouring' by clearing the terrain of some of its confusing terminology and its anachronistic dualisms - unhelpful dichotomies like 'centralised versus decentralised' and 'regulated versus unregulated'. We propose a new concept -coordinated flexibility - as one way of moving forward in this area.

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