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By Colin C. Williams, J. Windebank

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What's poverty and the way can it's tackled? Taking the 3rd method out of its slim celebration political context, this booklet argues that it is crucial to harness paintings past employment so as to pave a 3rd approach past capitalism and socialism. the result is a thought-provoking new method in the direction of struggling with poverty.Poverty and the 3rd method uncovers how New Labour's employment-focussed process factors, instead of resolves, poverty. trying to find one other process, the authors locate the seeds of an alternate 'Third means' in radical ecu social democratic and ecological notion which seeks to go beyond capitalism and socialism by means of constructing paintings past employment. Exploring the explanations why such an process is required and the way it may be applied, the authors go beyond the 'there isn't any replacement' to capitalism tuition of notion dominant in lots of complex economies by means of supplying a basically marked course map of ways in the direction of a post-capitalist economic system.

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It is linear because all economies are assumed to formalise. It is uni-dimensional because ‘progress’ is in only one direction with countries placed at different points on a continuum according to the extent of their formalisation. Minority World, or Western, economies are thus considered ‘advanced’ due to their supposedly greater formalisation of economic life. g. Rostow 1960). The result of such a thesis is that the future becomes no longer open. The future lies in a formalisation of work. Our contention here, however, is that this story masks its own normative view of economic development and economic history in a discourse of inevitability.

Arguing that the national accounts are systematically skewed because they ignore the value of women’s unpaid work, a campaign ensued to get unpaid work adequately recognised in national accounts. This has met with considerable success. Of potential long-term significance is a recommendation, made in 1993 by the United Nations (UN) after a review of the UN System of National Accounts, that ‘satellite national accounts’ be developed that incorporate the value of unpaid work. This became an obligation for many advanced economies under the terms of the Final Act of the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (UN 1995, Section 209: f, g).

Superficially, this appears close to what is conventionally meant by ‘full’ employment when the unemployment rate is 2–3 per cent to allow for the churning of people between jobs. 4 per cent of the working-age population were in jobs. 6 per cent) did not have a job. In other words, to achieve full participation in employment of the UK working-age population, one additional job would be needed for every three in existence (a 33 per cent rise), the equivalent of some 9 million additional jobs. Indeed, compared with the European Union as a whole, this UK data on the size of the ‘jobs gap’ that needs to be bridged is quite hopeful.

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