Labour Law Reforms in India : All in the Name of Jobs, Hardback Book

Labour Law Reforms in India : All in the Name of Jobs Hardback

Part of the Critical Political Economy of South Asia series


Labour market flexibility is one of the most closely debated public policy issues in India.

This book provides a theoretical framework to understand the subject, and empirically examines to what extent India's `jobless growth' may be attributed to labour laws.

There is a pervasive view that the country's low manufacturing base and inability to generate jobs is primarily due to rigid labour laws.

Therefore, job creation is sought to be boosted by reforming labour laws.

However, the book argues that if labour laws are made flexible, then there are adverse consequences for workers: dismantled job security weakens workers' bargaining power, incapacitates trade union movement, skews class distribution of output, dilutes workers' rights, and renders them vulnerable.

The book:identifies and critically examines the theory underlying the labour market flexibility (LMF) argumentemploys innovative empirical methods to test the LMF argumentoffers an overview of the organised labour market in Indiacomprehensively discusses the proposed/instituted labour law reforms in the countrycontextualises the LMF argument in a macroeconomic settingdiscusses the political economy of labour law reforms in India. This book will interest scholars and researchers in economics, development studies, and public policy as well as economists, policymakers, and teachers of human resource management.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 314 pages, 33 Line drawings, black and white; 16 Tables, black and white; 33 Illustrations, black an
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Sociology: work & labour
  • ISBN: 9781138713635

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