Geographies of Labour Market Inequality

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-12-20
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In recent years, the local dimensions of the labor market have attracted increasing attention from academic analysts and public policy makers alike. There is growing realization that there is no such thing as the national labor market, instead a mosaic of local and regional markets that differ in nature, performance and regulation.Geographies of Labour Market Inequalityis concerned with these multiple geographies of employment, unemployment, work and incomes, and their implications for public policy. The Introduction sets out the case for thinking about the labor market in geographical terms, and discusses some of the challenges confronting labor markets in the contemporary period. In Part Two, the focus is on the processes that produce and reproduce inequalities in employment, unemployment and wages within and between local labor markets. Part Three then explores some of the strategies by which organized labor (unions) and the state are seeking to respond to and ameliorate the uncertainties andinequalities generated by the growing flexibility and fluidity of labor markets.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface viii
Introduction 1(2)
Thinking about the geographies of labour
Ron Martin
Philip S. Morrison
PART I The production of local labour market inequalities 21(128)
Labour market risk and the regions: evidence from gross labour flows
Philip S. Morrison
Olga Berezovsky
Unemployment and spatial labour markets: strong adjustment and persistent concentration
Ian Gordon
Income inequality and residential segregation: labour market sorting and the demand for positional goods
Paul Cheshire
Vassilis Monastiriotis
Stephen Sheppard
Employer strategies and the fragmentation of local employment: the case of contracting out local authority services
Suzanne Reimer
The new economy, labour market inequalities and the work life balance
Diane Perrons
PART II Interventions and policies 149(90)
The union role in preserving jobs and communities: the employee ownership option
Andrew Lincoln
The local impact of the New Deal: does geography make a difference?
Ron Martin
Corinne Nativel
Peter Sunley
The geographies of a national minimum wage: the case of the UK
Peter Sunley
Ron Martin
Postscript 239(26)
The geographies of labour market inequality: some emergent issues and challenges
Ron Martin
Philip S. Morrison
Index 265

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