Working life on Nordic Labour Platforms

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Abstract

Digital labour platforms are becoming increasingly common. However, the impact of these platforms remains disputed, and there has been little research on how workers experience labour on the platforms, especially in the Nordic countries. This chapter will introduce, illustrate and examine the controversies surrounding the development trajectory of Nordic labour platforms. The rationale for this chapter is that a research engagement with labour platforms on the comparatively well-functioning Nordic labour markets can illuminate both the working life problems of, and the institutional resources that influence, these platforms. The chapter will explore the Nordic labour platforms through the following questions: How can the emerging business models be conceptualized? How do workers experience their involvement in the developing platforms in the Nordic countries? Do the developing labour platforms threaten to create precarious working lives in the Nordic labour markets? Or do the Nordic welfare regimes provide resources to create a sustainable development trajectory of Nordic labour platforms?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWork and Wellbeing in the Nordic Countries : Critical Perspectives on the World's Best Working Life
EditorsHelge Hvid, Eivind Falkum
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2018
Edition1st
Chapter17
ISBN (Print)9780815387237
ISBN (Electronic)9781351169967
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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