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Policy Implications of Virtual Work

  • Pamela Meil
  • Vassil Kirov


  • Addresses a key trend in work and employment, shedding light on future trends

  • Analyses a wide variety of policy disciplines and methods

  • Brings together leading research and practitioners in the field


Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Concepts and Debates

  3. Measuring Virtual Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
  4. Discourses and Principles of Regulation

  5. Sharing, Cooperating and Streaming in the Digital Economy

  6. Organizing, Protecting and Regulating Labor

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 297-301

About this book


This collection presents an array of policy debates and implications emerging from virtual work. The authors cover a range of areas, including: conceptual debates, measuring virtual work; discourses and levels of policy intervention; the role of the sharing and collaborative economy; and resultant challenges for organized labour, law and regulation.

The authors of the chapters analyse the ways in which processes of digitalization leading to virtual work impact so many aspects of our lives: the way we buy, sell, network, communicate, participate, create, consume, and, of course, the way we work. In turn they focus on the subsequent implications for the future of work as well as the viability of existing social protection systems.

The developments examined here are salient for both policy stakeholders and for the academic community in areas such as labour sociology, industrial relations, gender studies, political economy, and economic geography. 


New occupational identites Value creation Crowd employment Sharing economy Commodification

Editors and affiliations

  • Pamela Meil
    • 1
  • Vassil Kirov
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Social Science Research ISF MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge Bulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria

About the editors

Pamela Meil is Senior Research Fellow and member of the board of governors at the Institute for Social Science Research, Germany.

Vassil Kirov is Associate Professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Associate Researcher at ETUI. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Policy Implications of Virtual Work
  • Editors Pamela Meil
    Vassil Kirov
  • Series Title Dynamics of Virtual Work
  • Series Abbreviated Title Dynamics of Virtual Work
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-52056-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84809-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-52057-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 301
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Policy
    Sociology of Work
    Media Sociology
    Labour Law/Social Law
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“An extremely impressive, absorbing and highly readable and recommended collection of essays about contemporary and emerging work patterns. I certainly learned a great deal from the book, and I believe it will set the tone for different debates to come about the issues explored.” (John Michael Roberts, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 56 (2), June, 2018)