News

10 April 2014
Publication

"Enhancing Capabilities through Labour Law: Informal Workers in India" by Supriya Routh, Fellow at IAS-Nantes in 2013-2014

The scholarly editor Routledge has just published a book by Supriya Routh Enhancing Capabilities through Labour Law: Informal Workers in India. The book can be ordered at the editor’s website.

> Leaflet about the book

Supriya Routh is a lawyer, he holds a PhD from Victoria University inCanada. He is Fellow at IAS-Nantes from October 2013 to June 2014, with the support the ILO French office.

 

Abstract

In 2002 the International Labour Organization issued a report titled ‘Decent work and the informal economy’ in which it stressed the need to ensure appropriate employment and income, rights at work, and effective social protection in informal economic activities. Such a call by the ILO is urgent in the context of countries such as India, where the majority of workers are engaged in informal economic activities, and where expansion of informal economic activities is coupled with deteriorating working conditions and living standards.

This book explores the informal economic activity of India as a case study to examine typical requirements in the work-lives of informal workers, and to develop a means to institutionalise the promotion of these requirements through labour law. Drawing upon Amartya Sen’s theoretical outlook, the book considers whether a capability approach to human development may be able to promote recognition and work-life conditions of a specific category of informal workers in India by integrating specific informal workers within a social dialogue framework along with a range of other social partners including state and non-state institutions. While examining the viability of a human development based labour law in an Indian context, the book also indicates how the proposals put forth in the book may be relevant for informal workers in other developing countries.

This research monograph will be of great interest to scholars of labour law, informal work and workers, law and development, social justice, and labour studies.