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Black Box or Hidden Abode? The Expansion and Exposure of Platform Work Managerialism

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posted on 2019-06-24, 15:22 authored by Phoebe V. Moore, Simon Joyce
This Special Issue holds that managerialism is not an abstract, trans-historical category (Eagleton-Pierce and Knafo 2019), and this article argues that neither is it hidden within an impenetrable black box. An important new form of managerialism is being revealed which is specific to what Moore and Joyce argue to be a very observable, and also widely contested, platform management model (PMM). Marx’s “hidden abode” is a more appropriate metaphor than a black box, thus, given empirically demonstrable cases of control and resistance. Drawing on insights from labor process theory, the article reveals how control methods are at work, and transversally, how platform managerialism generates considerable levels of worker and union resistance. Despite its seeming inevitability and invincibility, platform managerialism is as knowable and as contestable, indeed, as contested, as other forms.

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Review of International Political Economy Volume 27, 2020 - Issue 4: Special Issue on the Political Economy of Managerialism

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Business

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Review of International Political Economy

Volume

27

Issue

4 Special Issue on the Political Economy of Managerialism

Pagination

926-948

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

issn

0969-2290

Acceptance date

2019-06-14

Copyright date

2019

Available date

2021-02-07

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