Locating Unity in the Fragmented Platform Economy: Labour law and the Platform Economy in the United Kingdom

Mason, L. 2020. Locating Unity in the Fragmented Platform Economy: Labour law and the Platform Economy in the United Kingdom. Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal. 41 (2), p. 101.

TitleLocating Unity in the Fragmented Platform Economy: Labour law and the Platform Economy in the United Kingdom
TypeJournal article
AuthorsMason, L.
Abstract

The emergence of work under what can broadly be termed ‘platform capitalism’ has coincided with a series of parallel developments in industrial practice and technologies in the United Kingdom. Over the past three decades or so there has been a dramatic flexibilization of the labour market through a combination of deregulation, the normalization of atypical working patterns and an explosion in self-employment. The recent genesis of the so-called ‘gig economy’ can be seen as the apotheosis of these processes, in which workers are, ostensibly, recruited to complete discrete tasks, whether for the same or different end-users, rather than engaged in a single overarching relational contractual nexus. The United Kingdom has seen an explosion in these forms of working practice, in particular within certain industries and among certain demographic groups, notably younger workers.

KeywordsPlatform capitalism; Gig economy; Employment Law
JournalComparative Labor Law and Policy Journal
Journal citation41 (2), p. 101
ISSN1095-6654
Year2020
PublisherUniversity of Illinois College of Law
Publication dates
Published in printJul 2020

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