Work and Welfare in Europe
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Temporary Agency Workers in Italy and the UK

The Comparative Experience of Labour Market Disadvantage

Authors: Bertolini, Alessio

  • Compares the disadvantages experienced by one specific category of atypical workers, namely temporary agency (TA) workers, one of the most rapidly increasing types of atypical employment in the past two decades
    Considers two countries which have been regarded as very different in terms of employment-related institutional divides 
    Draws heavily upon original primary data collected through 50 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with full-time TA workers and other relevant stakeholders in comparable British and Italian cities 

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About this book

This book offers a comparative exploration of the various disadvantages experienced by a category of atypical workers compared to standard employees, in the UK and Italy, and considers whether and how the differences can be attributed to contrasting institutional settings and political economies.

Bertolini explores the lived experience of these workers, and demonstrates how institutional variables interact in complex ways with individual socio-demographic characteristics as well as the broader socio-economic context to shape individual disadvantages and engender different experiences of precariousness. 

Temporary Agency Workers in Italy and the UK will be of interest to students and scholars of political economy, sociology of work, welfare studies, labour market policy, and industrial relations.


About the authors

Alessio Bertolini is Research Associate in the School of Law at the University of Glasgow, UK. 

Reviews

Alessio Bertolini’s timely book provides a detailed, clear-sighted analysis of the disadvantage experienced by atypical workers. The rich insights gleaned from research with temporary agency workers in the UK and Italy highlight how institutional and workplace contexts shape individual experiences of disadvantage and precariousness. This book should be essential reading for researchers and students interested in how increasing insecurity in the workplace produces new forms of social risk and inequality that disadvantage vulnerable workers.” —Colin Lindsay, University of Strathclyde, UK

“What shapes atypical workers’ precariousness? This volume addresses the puzzle, providing an original and analytically sound investigation into the world of temporary agency workers’ perceived disadvantages related to employment, work and income conditions. A key contribution, which enriches both the institutional literature on labour market dualisation and studies on individual precariousness, relying on carefully conducted qualitative comparative research.”—Matteo Jessoula, University of Milan, Italy

Buy this book

eBook £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: June 8, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-40192-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover £74.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: June 8, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-40191-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Temporary Agency Workers in Italy and the UK
Book Subtitle
The Comparative Experience of Labour Market Disadvantage
Authors
Series Title
Work and Welfare in Europe
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-40192-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-40192-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-40191-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 236
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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