New Book: Precarious Work: The Challenge for Labour Law in Europe

I'm delighted to report that following its successful book launch at LLRN Valparaiso, our new book - Precarious Work: The Challenge for Labour Law in Europe - has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Table of contents, contributors and chapter details here:

Precarious Work: The Challenge for Labour Law in Europe, Edited by Jeff Kenner, Professor, School of Law, University of Nottingham, UK, Izabela Florczak, Assistant Professor and Marta Otto, Assistant Professor, University of Lodz, Poland

‘This book offers timely commentary on the rise of precarious employment in Europe following the global financial crisis, sovereign debt crises and the rise of “gig economy” work. Covering developments in a diverse range of States, this book offers cutting-edge analysis from leading scholars regarding the causes of contemporary precarity and the challenges posed to regulation of labour markets.’
– Tonia Novitz, University of Bristol, UK

‘The fragmentation and segmentation of the workforce has led to a multitude of forms of precarious work, now with a new face in the digital economy. It is a big challenge for labour law and industrial relations worldwide. This book focuses on Europe, tries to develop a theoretical framework for this very complex phenomenon, analyses brilliantly the development in different EU Member States and confronts it with the patterns of European and international law, thereby showing the burning need for further regulatory concepts: A must for everybody interested in this topic.’
– Manfred Weiss, University of Frankfurt, Germany

Precarious work is a current concern throughout Europe as a result of the proliferation of new types of employment related to the gig economy. This timely book, positioned at the intersection between European and national labour law, provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal and social policy challenges arising from this phenomenon.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, there has been an increasing need to respond to the rise of precarious work and the risk it poses to the European model of secure employment and social protection, which this book thoroughly explores. Chapters first consider the theoretical foundations of the issue, before examining the key characteristics and dynamics of employment regulation in Europe related to precarious work, as well as surveying recent judicial decisions. The book demonstrates the potential for improved labour regulation and case law to address the situation both at EU and national level.

Precarious Work will prove invaluable to law, politics, sociology and anthropology scholars with an interest in the phenomenon of precarious labour. Lawyers, policymakers and other practitioners working in this area will also find this book a useful resource.