With a comparative study of employment and labour law in 12 Member States of the European Union we argued (already in 1998 published by Routledge) that precarious employment, part-time work and contract-work have to be understood as part of the wider reflexive labour law system of each country. 22 years later this topic is back en vogue with the Uber-type platform workers. See for: Cornelissen, J., & Cholakova, M. (2019). Profits Uber everything? The gig economy and the morality of category work. Strategic Organization. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476127019894506. At the core of some economic, managerial or social topics is a normative question of classification, nicely pointed out in the essay. With some time-lag many ecnomic or managerial decisions become a normative question which ultimately labour courts settle for society at large.
P.S. Nice to see that our old book has found its way into new bottles. A kindle electronic version is available at Amazon. The hard cover is increasing in price! Check here or go to the campus library for a hard copy. Cheers Klaus