A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens

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A&C Black, Apr 10, 2014 - Political Science - 320 pages
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Guy Standing's immensely influential 2011 book introduced the Precariat as an emerging mass class, characterized by inequality and insecurity. Standing outlined the increasingly global nature of the Precariat as a social phenomenon, especially in the light of the social unrest characterized by the Occupy movements. He outlined the political risks they might pose, and at what might be done to diminish inequality and allow such workers to find a more stable labour identity. His concept and his conclusions have been widely taken up by thinkers from Noam Chomsky to Zygmunt Bauman, by political activists and by policy-makers.

This new book takes the debate a stage further, looking in more detail at the kind of progressive politics that might form the vision of a Good Society in which such inequality, and the instability it produces, is reduced.

A Precariat Charter discusses how rights - political, civil, social and economic - have been denied to the Precariat, and argues for the importance of redefining our social contract around notions of associational freedom, agency and the commons.

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The austerity
The precariat grows
Confronting the utilitarian consensus
Towards a Precariat Charter
Redefine work as productive and reproductive activity
Promote associational freedom
Stop classbased migration policy
Remove poverty traps and precarity traps
Stop demonizing the disabled
Regulate payday loans and student loans
Make a bonfire of subsidies
Share capital via sovereign wealth funds

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Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, and co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network. His books include The Precariat (2011) and Work after Globalization (2009).