The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU Working Paper - No. 69

Industrial Restructuring, Informalisation and Casual Labour In The "East End" Clothing Industry


27 June 1995

Authors: Asima Shaikh

Publication Date: 1995

It has been suggested that the current global restructuring of economies has been a significant factor in the expansion of economic "informalisation" in both the developed and developing countries. This process has been apparent through the reported increase in the use of subcontracting practices and industrial homeworkers by industries and corporations (Beneria: 1989). Whilst it would be simplistic to explain the expansion of all informal economies entirely to this process, there does seem to be a new pattern of industrial organisation and management that has implications for informal economies. 

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