PLATFORMISATION AND NORMATIVE PARADOXES OF WORK. Does the organizational model of the digital platform enable the realization contemporary labor ideals of autonomy and flexibility? of

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2020-12-10
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New, non-standard forms of work (temporary/agency work, solo self-employment, platform work) appear to meet the needs of contemporary workers for more flexibility and autonomy. At the same time, the external working environment seems to impose expectations of flexibility, adaptability and creative assertiveness on workers. The transition towards non-standard work, moreover, seems to go at the expense of social protection of workers. This lays bare the challenge for policymakers in the field of the labor market: on the one hand, they must enable the recognition of claims for increased worker flexibility and autonomy, yet simultaneously safeguard a minimum level of social and labor protection for non-standard work. The challenge in the policy domain is thus to find policy directions that contribute to improving social and labor protection for platform workers. This thesis normatively assesses developments of platformisation by applying Honneth’s theory of normative reconstruction, in order to formulate policy responses that address precarity of new forms of work while respecting the new ideals of worker flexibility and autonomy. The corresponding research question that this thesis aims to answer is: “to what extent does the organizational model of the digital platform enable the realization of contemporary labor ideals of autonomy and flexibility and which policy directions can be considered?”
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Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen