Informal workers – mostly women – are among the most disadvantaged and exploited in developing countries. In India, where the state won’t use labour law to ensure they are paid wages that allow them to reproduce themselves, workers claim the state must provide welfare benefits that reduce the cost of reproduction. Capital and the market economy are left free to organise in ways that maximise global competitiveness and growth, while the neo-liberal state secures human development. How this works out for the hundreds of millions of informal workers around the globe is an open question. Elizabeth Hill's article (176) shares an insightful look at Rina Agarwala’s recent book Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.
Book Title: Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India
Author: Rina Agarwala
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date Published: 2013
Image: book cover