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Towards Full and Decent Employment

Edited by José Antonio Ocampo and Jomo K.S.

Publisher: Orient Longman Private Limited, Zed Books Ltd and Third World Network

Published in association with the United Nations 

(ISBN: 978 1 84277 883 8)

Year: 2007        No. of pages: 412

ABOUT THE BOOK

While the international community has made a commitment to achieving 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 growing ‘casualization’ of employment relations, the promotion of labour flexibility at the expense of welfare security, de-industrialization and the continued decline of peasant agriculture.

<p>While revisiting some familiar with new lenses, this book also breaks new ground in seeking fresh solutions. Employment creation is the key link in ensuring that economic growth contributes to poverty reduction, with management of technological change playing a crucial role. While the recent trend towards greater labour flexibility seems irresistible, recent experience suggest some options for also ensuring decent work and economic security. Although recent financial liberalization has exacerbated employment problems, alternative macroeconomic policy priorities can make a difference. New approaches to social security, the informal economy, the welfare state and rural employment in Africa are explored.</p>

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

José Antonio Ocampo was United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs from September 2003 until June 2007. He is currently a professor at Columbia University.

Jomo K.S. has been Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) since January 2005.

Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Tables

List of Figures

Preface

José Antonio Ocampa

1.   Towards Full Employment and Decent Work: An Introduction

       JOMO K.S.

2.   Financial Openness and Employment: The Need for Coherent International and National Policies

      ROLPH VAN DER HOEVEN AND LÜBKER

3.   Technology and Employment in an Open Underdeveloped Economy                                     

      PRABHAT PATNAIK

4.   Macroeconomic Policy, Employment, Unemployment and Gender Equality                      

      DIANE ELSON

5.   Central Banks as Agents of Employment Creation                                                          

      GERALD EPSTEIN

6.   Growth. Employment and Poverty

      AZIZUR RAHMAN KHAN

7.   Generating Rural Employment in Africa to Fight Poverty

      JANVIER D. NKURUNZIZA

8.   Labour Market Flexibility and Decent Work

      GERRY RODGERS

9.   How Employment and Workers Rights can be Made Complementary

      ROBERT BOYER

10.  Rethinking the Informal Economy: Linkages with the Formal Economy and the Formal Regulatory       Environment                                                                                    

      MARTHA ALTER CHEN

11.  Modernizing the Informal Sector

        VICTOR E. TOKMAN

12. Changing the Paradigm in Social Security: From Fiscal Burden to Investing in People

      MICHAEL CICHON, KRZYSZTOF HAGEMEJER AND JOHN WOODALL

13.  Transformative Social Policy

THANDIKA MKANDAWIRE

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

        CARMEN PAGÉS

15.  Transforming the Developmental Welfare States in East Asia

HUCK-JU KWON

16.  Labour Inspection for Decent Work and Economic Development

MICHAEL J. PIORE AND ANDREW SCHRANK

Contributors

Index

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