Recently several studies have dealt with the deterioration of working conditions in capitalist economies. Among these studies we must mention the paper by Max Visser and Thomas C. Arnold.
These two researchers have studied working conditions in the platform economy, using Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition and the normative method of reconstruction. They highlighted a paradox: the autonomy and flexibility promised by this economy contrast with the working conditions actually observed.
In below, the references and the abstract of this paper published in open access.
OPEN ACCESS 20-03-2021 Recognition and Work in the Platform Economy: a Normative Reconstruction Authors: Max Visser, Thomas C. Arnold Published in: Philosophy of Management | Issue 1/2022 Abstract The rise of the platform economy in the past two decades (and neoliberal capitalist expansion and crises more in general), have on the whole negatively affected working conditions, leading to growing concerns about the “human side” of organizations. To address these concerns, the purpose of this paper is to apply Axel Honneth’s recognition theory and method of normative reconstruction to working conditions in the platform economy. The paper concludes that the ways in which platform organizations function constitutes a normative paradox, promising flexibility and autonomy while at the same time creating working conditions that undercut these promises. The paper ends with a critical discussion of Honneth’s approach, possible supplementing ideas and further lines of future research.
The next post of this blog will present other studies devoted to this question.