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Title:Economic Policy and Women's Informal Work in South Africa
Author:Valodia, Imraan
Year:2001
Periodical:Development and Change
Volume:32
Issue:5
Period:November
Pages:871-892
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:gender relations
informal sector
women
Women's Issues
Labor and Employment
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Law, Human Rights and Violence
economics
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Sex Roles
Link:https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-7660.00230
Abstract:This article examines the gender dimensions of the growth in informal and flexible work in South Africa and the government's policy response to this. It outlines the growth in informal and flexible work practices and, as illustrative examples, analyses how trade and industrial policies and labour market policies are impacting on the growth of informal and flexible work. It argues that the South African government's trade and industrial policies are shifting the economy onto a path of capital intensification. Allied to this, firms are undergoing a process of extensive restructuring. These developments are further promoting the growth of flexibilization and informalization, and thereby disadvantaging women. Whilst the South African government offers a vast package of support measures to big business, its policy is largely irrelevant to the survivalist segment of small business, where most women in the informal economy are to be found. The nature of labour market policy, on the other hand, displays a more nuanced appreciation for and an understanding of the insecure and exploitative nature of the informal economy. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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