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Title: Low-autonomy work and bad jobs in postfordist capitalism
Authors: Vidal, Matt
Keywords: Bad jobs
Employment relations
Labor process
Low-wage work
Fordism
Institutional logics
Job quality
Postfordism
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © The authors. Published by SAGE Journals
Citation: VIDAL, M. 2013. Low-autonomy work and bad jobs in postfordist capitalism. Human Relations, 66(4), pp. 587-612.
Abstract: In this article I present a critical reconstruction of the concept of postfordism, arguing for a regulation-theoretic approach that views Fordism and postfordism not in terms of production models based on a particular labour process but as institutional regimes of competition, within which there are one of four types of generic labour process: high-autonomy, semiautonomous, tightly constrained and unrationalized labour-intensive. I show that over one-third of US employment is in low-autonomy jobs and sketch an analytical framework for analysing job quality. Contrasting the four labour processes with various measures of job quality produces 18 job types that reduce to one of three job quality categories: good jobs, bad jobs and decent jobs. The typology provides a framework for analysing upgrading or downgrading of four aspects of employment quality within and across the four generic labour processes. © The Author(s) 2013.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Human Relations and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726712471406
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0018726712471406
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27602
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726712471406
ISSN: 0018-7267
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