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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Crisis, Informalization and the Urban Informal Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Meagher, KateISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:Development and Change
Volume:26
Issue:2
Period:April
Pages:259-284
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:economic theories
informal sector
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Urbanization and Migration
Link:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7660.1995.tb00552.x
Abstract:Neoliberal theories of informality have emphasized the potential of the informal sector for independent employment creation and growth. An alternative perspective is provided by the structuralist 'informalization' approach which regards the expansion of informal activity as part of the restructuring strategy of the formal sector in the face of economic recession. The informalization perspective challenges the traditional notions of the informal sector by focusing on such issues as informal sector differentiation, the role of informal social networks, subcontracting and supply linkages with the formal sector, and the role of the State in informal sector expansion. Despite its First World and Latin American focus, the informalization approach offers important insights for the study of urban informal sectors in Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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