Towards Full and Decent Employment

Towards Full and Decent Employment


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While the international community has made a commitment to achieve full employment and decent work for all, this goal seems ever more distant in view of recent trends such as growing unemployment and underemployment, the phenomenon of 'jobless growth', the increasing 'casualization' of employment relations, the promotion of labour flexibility at the expense of welfare security, de-industrialization and the continued decline of peasant agriculture.

Revisiting some familiar terrain with new lenses, this ground-breaking book seeks fresh solutions. Employment creation is seen as the key link in ensuring that economic growth contributes to poverty reduction, with management of technological change playing a crucial role. While the trend towards greater labour flexibility seems irresistible, recent experience provides some options for also ensuring decent work and economic security. This book illustrates how alternative macroeconomic policy priorities can alleviate the employment problems exacerbated by financial liberalization. It explores new approaches to social security, the informal economy, the welfare state and rural employment in Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842778838
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication date: 01/22/2008
Pages: 411
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jomo K. S. is Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development based in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat. José Antonio Ocampo is Under-Secretary General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in the United Nations Secretariat.

Table of Contents


1. Technology and Employment in an Open Underdeveloped Economy
Prabhat Patnaik

2. Growth, Employment and Poverty: An Analysis of the Vital Nexus Based on Some Recent UNDP
and ILO/SIDA Studies
Azizur Rahman Khan

3. Labour Market Flexibility and Decent Work
Gerry Rodgers

4. Employment and Decent Work in the Era of Flexicurity
Robert Boyer

5. Central Banks As Agents of Employment Creation
Gerald Epstein

6. Financial Openness and Employment: The Need for Coherent International and National Policies
Rolph van der Hoeven and Malte Lübker

7. Rethinking the Informal Economy: Linkages with the Formal Economy and the Formal Regulatory Environment
Martha Alter Chen

8. Modernizing the Informal Economy
Víctor Tokman

9. Changing the paradigm in social security: From fiscal burden to investing in people
Michael Cichon, Krzysztof Hagemejer and John Woodall

10. Transforming the Developmental Welfare States in East Asia
Huck-Ju Kwon

11. Generating Rural Employment in Africa to Fight Poverty
Janvier Désiré Nkurunziza

12. On the Need for Providing Employment Guarantee
Prabhat Patnaik

13. Macroeconomic policy and employment generation
Michael Piore

14. Generating Employment
Anis Ahmad Dani

15. Macroeconomic Policy and Employment Generation: Gender Dimensions
Diane Elson

16. Protecting Workers, Creating Jobs: Rethinking Social Protection in Developing Countries
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