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The brave new world of unstable jobs hiding in plain sight: A reply to Murphy and Turner

St-Denis, Xavier ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4646-085X (9999). The brave new world of unstable jobs hiding in plain sight: A reply to Murphy and Turner Journal of Industrial Relations . DOI: /10.1177/00221856231191259. (Sous Presse)

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The article Employment stability and decent work published in the Journal of Industrial Relations by Murphy and Turner presents evidence forming the basis of a claim that job instability has not increased in Ireland between 1998 and 2021. This contrasts with a rich literature in industrial relations and the sociology of work and organizations, which documents the fundamental transformation of employment relationships since the 1990s toward greater insecurity. In this response paper, I question the empirical foundations of Murphy and Turner's claims. Analyzing the same data set used in their study, I provide clear evidence that an increase in job instability consistent with the precarious work literature has been hiding in plain sight. I also engage with their efforts at theorizing the nature of the recent transformation of employment relationships in Ireland specifically, and in Liberal Market Economies more broadly. In doing so, I suggest research avenues that go beyond a polarized debate in whether or not job instability has increased in order to contribute to a more complex understanding of contemporary changes in career trajectories.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Job instability; precarious work; flexible employment; insecurity; tenure
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 15 nov. 2023 14:58
Dernière modification: 15 nov. 2023 14:58
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/13765

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