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Conceptualizing future labour markets

Fleetwood, Steve

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© W. S. Maney & Son Ltd 2014. An enquiry into what future labour markets might look like is, necessarily, an enquiry into what future labour market institutions might look like. Any such enquiry requires a conceptual apparatus (i.e. theory, metatheory, and model) capable of dealing with labour markets and institutions. The conceptual apparatus of orthodox labour economics is incapable of this. An alternative conceptual apparatus, the 'socio-economics of labour markets', augmented with critical realist metatheory, is capable of dealing with future labour markets. This claim is demonstrated via the example of future labour markets based on Basic Income.


Fleetwood, S. (2014). Conceptualizing future labour markets. Journal of Critical Realism, 13(3), 233-260.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 3, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 1, 2016
Journal Journal of Critical Realism
Print ISSN 1476-7430
Electronic ISSN 1572-5138
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 233-260
Keywords future, labour markets, critical realism
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