Since the 1990s, self-employed professionals have played a key role in satisfying the growing demand for flexible, skill-based and specialized competences in the service economy. The book explains variances in legal status, working conditions, social protection and collective representation of self-employed professionals across Europe. Virtually all capitalist economies deal with the challenges of transition to an on-demand economy, supported by unprecedented technological development and a digital revolution that has modified traditional professions and generated new ones. However, both institutional regulation and representation are unequal and remain fragmentary. Moreover, the demand for innovative (bottom-up) collective representation is challenging traditional industrial relations models. The book sheds light on conceptual definitions of the topic, provides new empirical insights and outlines effective policy indications. It presents a frame of self-employment in Europe and leads to a better understanding of the challenges that these new forms of work are opening up, offering both risks and opportunities in the labour market.

The Challenges of Self-Employment in Europe. Status, Social Protection and collective Representation / [a cura di] R. Semenza, F. Pichault. - [s.l] : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019 May. - ISBN 9781788118446.

The Challenges of Self-Employment in Europe. Status, Social Protection and collective Representation

R. Semenza;
2019-05

Abstract

Since the 1990s, self-employed professionals have played a key role in satisfying the growing demand for flexible, skill-based and specialized competences in the service economy. The book explains variances in legal status, working conditions, social protection and collective representation of self-employed professionals across Europe. Virtually all capitalist economies deal with the challenges of transition to an on-demand economy, supported by unprecedented technological development and a digital revolution that has modified traditional professions and generated new ones. However, both institutional regulation and representation are unequal and remain fragmentary. Moreover, the demand for innovative (bottom-up) collective representation is challenging traditional industrial relations models. The book sheds light on conceptual definitions of the topic, provides new empirical insights and outlines effective policy indications. It presents a frame of self-employment in Europe and leads to a better understanding of the challenges that these new forms of work are opening up, offering both risks and opportunities in the labour market.
self-employed professionals; autonomous work; on-demand economy; collective representation; European countries; labour market dualization
Settore SPS/09 - Sociologia dei Processi economici e del Lavoro
Independent Workers and Industrial Relations in Europe - The social dialogue between traditional and innovative forms of collective representation (I-WIRE)
The Challenges of Self-Employment in Europe. Status, Social Protection and collective Representation / [a cura di] R. Semenza, F. Pichault. - [s.l] : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019 May. - ISBN 9781788118446.
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