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Title: Capitalism, Technology and Work: Interrogating the Tipping Point Thesis
Author(s): Thompson, Paul
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Keywords: post-work
business models
quality of work
Issue Date: 4-Dec-2019
Citation: Thompson P (2019) Capitalism, Technology and Work: Interrogating the Tipping Point Thesis. Political Quarterly.
Abstract: Post-work politics, with a focus on universal basic income, rather than an agenda of saving jobs and improving the quality of work, has been a growth area on the left. This article chal- lenges the views of proponents that their claims are ‘on trend’ with developments in markets and technology. It does so by examining two supposed ‘tipping points’ concerning crises in the production of value in capitalism and in the availability of and attachment to work. Through a rigorous examination of available evidence, the article demonstrates that the sto- ries contained in post-work discourses about business models, technologies, labour markets and workers are not empirically sustainable. Suggestions are then made about what more credible accounts of actually existing capital, technology and labour might look like, and what the direction of alternative, progressive policy agendas might be.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1467-923x.12787
Rights: © 2019 The Author. The Political Quarterly published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Political Quarterly Publishing Co (PQPC). This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
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