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Unacceptable Forms of Work: A Multidimensional Model

McCann, Deirdre; Fudge, Judy

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Judy Fudge


Unacceptable forms of work (UFW) have been identified as an Area of Critical Importance for the ILO as it approaches its centenary. Yet there is presently no comprehensive elaboration of the dimensions, causes or manifestations of UFW. This article reports on a research project that has proposed such a framework. The article first investigates and reconceptualises a set of key discourses on contemporary work to identify their contribution to an analytically rigorous conception of UFW. It then outlines a novel Multidimensional Model that has been designed for use by local policy actors in identifying and targeting UFW in countries across a range of income levels.


McCann, D., & Fudge, J. (2017). Unacceptable Forms of Work: A Multidimensional Model. International Labour Review, 156(2), 147-184.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 29, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 26, 2017
Publication Date Jun 1, 2017
Deposit Date Mar 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 24, 2016
Journal International Labour Review
Print ISSN 0020-7780
Electronic ISSN 1564-913X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 156
Issue 2
Pages 147-184


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Copyright Statement
This is an Accepted Work that has been peer-reviewed and<br /> approved for publication in the International Labour Review, but has yet to undergo copy-editing and proof correction.

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