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Broken Promises – The Probable Futurity of the Laboring Class (Re-Assessed)

Michael S. Aßländer ()
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Michael S. Aßländer: Technical University Dresden

Humanistic Management Journal, 2022, vol. 7, issue 2, No 5, 259-275

Abstract: Abstract Over the past two decades, work relations have changed dramatically. New phenomena like “gig-economy” or “crowd work” not only constitute precarious working conditions but also contradict with our social esteem of work resulting from the social theories of the classical economy of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The central focus of classical economists on building an educated and disciplined workforce provided not only the base for the upcoming industrial society but also resulted in a work-based society where “being employed” became the precondition for social security and social participation. It is the aim of this contribution to show how our positive attitudes towards work, established by the political economic theories of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, are jeopardized by the social changes in post-industrialized societies, due to the effects of globalized economies, digitalization and changed industrial relations. This has also far-reaching consequences for managerial theories based on conceptions like meaningful work or discussions about social responsibilities vis-à-vis employees as primary stakeholder groups.

Keywords: Political economy; Work relationship; Gig economy; Globalization; Social security (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-022-00128-2

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