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Guy Standing (economist)

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Guy Standing
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Standing in 2012
Born (1948-02-09) 9 February 1948 (age 69)
Nationality British
Institution Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)
and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Field Unconditional basic income and deliberative democracy
Alma mater University of Cambridge (PhD)
University of Illinois (MA)
University of Sussex (BA)
Awards Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)

Guy Standing, FAcSS (born 9 February 1948)[1] is a British professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London,[2] and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN).[3]

Standing has written widely in the areas of labour economics, labour market policy, unemployment, labour market flexibility, structural adjustment policies and social protection. His recent work has concerned the emerging precariat class and the need to move towards unconditional basic income and deliberative democracy.[4]

Education

Guy Standing gained his degree in economics from the University of Sussex in 1971. After taking a masters in labour economics and industrial relations at the University of Illinois, he received his doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge in 1977.[5]

Career

From 1975 to 2006, Standing worked at the International Labour Organization, latterly as director of the ILO's Socio-Economic Security Programme.[5] The programme was responsible for a major report on socio-economic security worldwide[6] and for creation of the Decent Work Index.[7] In 2006 he became professor of economic security at the University of Bath, leaving in 2013 to become professor of development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.[5]

The Precariat

Standing's best-known book is The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, published in 2011.[8] In it, he blames globalisation for having plunged more and more people into the precariat, which he analyses as a new emerging social class.[9] According to Standing, the precariat is not only suffering from job insecurity but also identity insecurity and lack of time control, not least due to workfare social policies.

Standing describes the precariat as an agglomerate of several different social groups, notably immigrants, young educated people, and those who have fallen out of the old-style industrial working class.[10]

Standing calls on politicians to make ambitious social reforms towards ensuring financial security as a right. He argues for an unconditional basic income as an important step to a new approach,[11] stating that it would create economic growth.[12] If politicians fail to take the necessary decisions, he predicts a wave of anger and violence,[13] and the rise of far-right parties.[14]

Politics

In August 2015, Standing endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election.[15]

Honours

Selected bibliography

Books

  • Standing, Guy (1999). Global labour flexibility: seeking distributive justice. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9780333776520. 
  • Standing, Guy (2002). Beyond the new paternalism: basic security as equality. London New York: Verso. ISBN 9781859843451. 
  • Standing, Guy; November, Andràs (2003). Un revenu de base pour chacun(e). Genève: Bureau international du travail. ISBN 9789222151264. 
  • Standing, Guy (2005). Promoting income security as a right Europe and North America. London: Anthem Press. ISBN 9780857287328. 
  • Standing, Guy (2009). Work after globalization: building occupational citizenship. Cheltenham, UK Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781848447783. 
  • Standing, Guy; Jhabvala, Renana; Unni, Jeemol; Rani, Uma (2010). Social income and insecurity: a study in Gujarat. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415585743. 
  • Standing, Guy (2011). The Precariat. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781849664554. 
  • Standing, Guy (2014). A Precariat Charter: from denizens to citizens. London New York: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781472510396. 
  • Standing, Guy (2017). Basic income: and how we can make it happen. London: Pelican/Penguin (A Pelican Introduction). ISBN 9780141985497. 

Journal articles

  • Standing, Guy (March 1999). "Global feminization through flexible labor: a theme revisited". World Development. Elsevier. 27 (3): 583–602. doi:10.1016/S0305-750X(98)00151-X. 
  • Standing, Guy; Bonnet, Florence; Figueiredo, José B. (June 2003). "A family of decent work indexes". International Labour Review. Wiley. 142 (2): 213–238. doi:10.1111/j.1564-913X.2003.tb00259.x. 
  • Standing, Guy (24 May 2011). "The precariat: the new dangerous class". Policy Network (think tank). 
  • Standing, Guy (27 January 2012). "The precariat: why it needs deliberative democracy". openDemocracy. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  • Standing, Guy (19 August 2012). "Britain's labour figures hide the real hours we work every day". The Guardian | Comment is free. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 

See also

References

  1. ^ "Standing, Guy". Library of Congress. Retrieved 4 July 2014. found: His Population mobility and productive relations, 1984: CIP t.p. (Guy Standing) data sheet (b. 2/9/48) 
  2. ^ "Professor Guy Standing, Department of Development Studies". School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.basicincome.org/bien/aboutbien.html.
  4. ^ Standing, Guy (27 January 2012). "The precariat: why it needs deliberative democracy". openDemocracy. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Standing, Guy. "Career". Guy Standing. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Economic security for a better world
  7. ^ Standing, Guy; Bonnet, Florence; Figueiredo, José B. (June 2003). "A family of decent work indexes". International Labour Review. Wiley. 142 (2): 213–238. doi:10.1111/j.1564-913X.2003.tb00259.x. 
  8. ^ Standing, Guy (2011). The precariat. City: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781849664554. 
  9. ^ Standing, Guy (19 August 2012). "Britain's labour figures hide the real hours we work every day". The Guardian | Comment is free. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Smoczyński, Wawrzyniec (15 September 2011). "Youthful members of the full-time precariat". Vox Europ | Polityka | Economy | Social Issues | Economic Crisis. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Why the precariat requires a basic income (Prof. Guy Standing) (ENG) on YouTube Conference in Ljubljana. BKTVkanal (3 November 2012). Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  12. ^ Standing, Guy. "Basic income paid to the poor can transform lives". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Standing, Guy (1 June 2011). "Who will be a voice for the emerging precariat?". The Guardian | Comment is free. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Presenter: Elenanor Hall (9 February 2012). "The World Today: The dangers of the rising global protest movement (interview with Guy Standing)". ABC News. Sydney. 
  15. ^ "The Labour party stands at a crossroads". The Guardian. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Fellows". Academy of Social Sciences. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Le précariat: "une classe en devenir", interview for French webzine Basta!, October 2012
  • Conference of Guy Standing at the University of Sydney on YouTube, February 2012
  • Precariat And Peasant: Reframing Social Protection For The 21st Century on YouTube, July 2013
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