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Policy Responses to Precarious Work in Asia


Policy Responses to Precarious Work in Asia (2015).. Hsiao, Hsin-Huang Michael; Kalleberg, Arne L.; & Hewison, Kevin (Eds.) (pp. 260). Taipei, Taiwan: Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica.


There has been a growth in recent years in precarious work in Asia, as in the world generally. By “precarious work” we refer generally to work that is insecure and uncertain and in which workers bear the risks and receive limited social benefits and protections. The expansion of precarious work in the industrialized countries of East Asia (such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan) reflects a departure from more stable and permanent work patterns that accompanied their transition to “modern” industrial jobs. In the countries of South and Southeast Asia (such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka), work has always been precarious given the pervasiveness of the informal economy in these countries and so the persistence and expansion of precarious work and the informal economy did not generally involve a wholesale transformation of previous patterns, though here too the expansion of formal industrial and service sector jobs have been accompanied by extensive uncertain, unstable and insecure employment practices.

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