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Better Work

The Impact of Automation, Flexibilization and Intensification of Work

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • The first book to analyses the effects of technologization, flexibilization and intensification of work for the quality of work

  • Offers a clear definition of ‘good work’ based on academic work from various disciplines

  • Suggests novel policy proposals based on a thorough analysis of the quality of work in the Netherlands

  • The original Dutch version of the book has been well received in the Dutch media, by employers’ organizations, trade unions, academics, and in Dutch parliament

Part of the book series: Research for Policy (RP)

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen
    Pages 1-19Open Access
  3. The Importance of Better Work

    • Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen
    Pages 21-46Open Access
  4. Good Work: Development and Current Status

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 47-47
    2. Control Over Income

      • Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen
      Pages 49-66Open Access
    3. Control Over Work

      • Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen
      Pages 67-88Open Access
    4. Control in Life

      • Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen
      Pages 89-108Open Access
  5. Work for All

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 109-109
    2. Everyone into Work

      • Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen
      Pages 111-140Open Access
  6. The New Societal Mission

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 141-141
    2. Room to Choose Good Work

      • Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen
      Pages 143-162Open Access
    3. Better Work: Conclusions and Recommendations

      • Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen
      Pages 163-179Open Access
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 181-204

About this book

This is an Open Access book. How can we make work better? It is an important question, one that the Dutch government, employers’ organizations and trade unions have been grappling with. People work to make money. But work also inspires self-respect, shapes our identity and gives us a sense of belonging – especially when the work we do is good. Good work is essential to prosperity in the broadest sense: to the quality of life we experience as individuals, to the economy and to society as a whole. 

Work in the Netherlands could be better. In Better Work. The automation, flexibilization and intensification of work, the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy offers nine recommendations to help all workers gain more control over their money, their work and their lives – the three basic conditions of good work. While the primary responsibility for good work lies with employers, the government can help through legislation and regulations, supervision and subsidies, and through its tenders. 


Keywords

  • Flexibilization
  • Open Access
  • Social Dialogue
  • Technology (robots, AI)
  • Welfare State
  • Work

Authors and Affiliations

  • Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), The Hague, The Netherlands

    Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen

About the authors

Monique Kremer is a professor of active citizenship, department of sociology, University of Amsterdam, chair of the migration advisory board, and was previously employed at the WRR. She has published numerous books on a variety of topics, such as How welfare states care (2007, Amsterdam University Press), People, Policy and the New Pofessional (2006) and Vreemden in de verzorgingsstaat (2016, Strangers in the Welfare Sttate).

Robert Went (1955) works at the WRR since 2007. He has attained a doctorate in economics with a dissertation on globalization (Routledge 2002). Before he joined the WRR, he has worked among others at the Dutch court of audit (Algemene Rekenkamer) as a project manager. He has written a lot about economic issues for the general public, and is very active on twitter (@went1955). He is also a member of the board of Rethinking Economics in The Netherlands. 

Godfried Engbersen, is a professor of sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam and a council member of the WRR. Key themes in his research are social inequality and international migration. He published numerous books, among which (with others) A Continent Moving West: EU Enlargement and Labour Migration from Central and Eastern Europe (Amsterdam University Press 2010); Beyond Networks. Feedback in International Migration (Palgrave 2016), and Cultures of Unemployment (Routledge 2019).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Better Work

  • Book Subtitle: The Impact of Automation, Flexibilization and Intensification of Work

  • Authors: Monique Kremer, Robert Went, Godfried Engbersen

  • Series Title: Research for Policy

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78682-3

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78681-6

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78684-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-78682-3

  • Series ISSN: 2662-3684

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-3692

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 204

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociology of Work, Labor and Population Economics, Social Policy, Globalization

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 29.99 USD 49.99
40% discount Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 29.99 USD 59.99
50% discount Price excludes VAT (USA)