The nature of globalization and the fallout from the international financial crisis have brought profound changes to societies and economies around the world. This book documents that, over the last two decades, the growth of nonstandard and informal employment has led to greater inequalities. This is partly explained by the fact that adjustment policies in the 1980s, market liberalization policies in the 1990s and, more recently, globalization and anti-poverty policies did not pay sufficient attention to policies for employment and income redistribution. As a response to these trends, this book recommends the development of clearer policies for employment and income redistribution. These policies should now become an integral part of national and international economic policy making. This is even more relevant in the current context of the international financial crisis as:
This volume will be of benefit to policymakers, scholars and practitioners alike.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.
1. Introduction: Employment, Inequality and Globalization: A Continuous Concern Rolph van der Hoeven 2. Employment, Basic Needs and Human Development: Elements for a New International Paradigm in Response to Crisis Richard Jolly 3. How the New Poverty Agenda Neglected Social and Employment Policies in Africa Thandika Mkandawire 4. Say’s Law, Poverty Persistence, and Employment Neglect Alice H. Amsden 5. Income Inequality and Employment Revisited: Can One Make Sense of Economic Policy? Rolph van der Hoeven 6. Income Distribution under Latin America’s New Left Regimes Giovanni Andrea Cornia 7. Does Fast Growth in India and China Help or Harm US Workers? Alex Izurieta and Ajit Singh 8. The Crisis of Globalization as an Opportunity to Create a Fairer World Rob Vos