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The Political Economy of Minimum Wages

David Neumark and William L. Wascher

in Minimum Wages

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780262141024
eISBN:
9780262280563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262141024.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Econometrics

This chapter examines the factors that influence the decisions of politicians (and others) to support or oppose higher minimum wages, and considers why minimum wages remain so popular even though ... More


Living Wages and the Welfare State: The Anglo-American Social Model in Transition

Shaun Wilson

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781447341185
eISBN:
9781447341345
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341185.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

Living Wages and the Welfare State documents and analyses a key transition now underway in the Anglo-American social model. Although minimum wages are increasing across the world, recent ... More


Introduction: the challenge of a living wage

Shaun Wilson

in Living Wages and the Welfare State: The Anglo-American Social Model in Transition

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781447341185
eISBN:
9781447341345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341185.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The Introductory chapter begins with the claim that renewed pressure for higher minimum or living wages has special significance for the Anglo-American social model. The English-speaking liberal ... More


All You That Labor: Religion and Ethics in the Living Wage Movement

C. Melissa Snarr

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814741122
eISBN:
9780814788592
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814741122.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the early 1990s, a grassroots coalition of churches in Baltimore, Maryland helped launch what would become a national movement. Joining forces with labor and low-wage worker organizations, they ... More


Challenges to living wage welfare states

Shaun Wilson

in Living Wages and the Welfare State: The Anglo-American Social Model in Transition

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781447341185
eISBN:
9781447341345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341185.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

Mild optimism emerging around the living wage movement does not mean an absence of challenges and debates about a justice strategy built around protecting low-wage workers. Some lack confidence in a ... More


Conclusion: living wages and liberal welfare states in the 21st century

Shaun Wilson

in Living Wages and the Welfare State: The Anglo-American Social Model in Transition

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781447341185
eISBN:
9781447341345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341185.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The Conclusion makes the case for a living wage welfare state, building on the analysis, evidence, and argument of the previous chapters. It distinguishes a minimal reform strategy based on narrow ... More


The Living Wage Movement: What Is It, Why Is It, and What's Known about Its Impact?

Jared Bernstein

in Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226261577
eISBN:
9780226261812
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226261812.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

Although living wage movements have appeared throughout this century, the contemporary movement is centered on a specific policy: passing a local ordinance to raise the wage floor for a specified ... More


Minimum Wages

David Neumark and William L. Wascher

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780262141024
eISBN:
9780262280563
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262141024.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Econometrics

Minimum wages exist in more than one hundred countries, both industrialized and developing. The United States passed a federal minimum wage law in 1938 and has increased the minimum wage and its ... More


‘The most striking progressive achievement in labor and employment policy’? The Scottish Living Wage in Social Care during Austerity

Alina M. Baluch

in Working in the Context of Austerity: Challenges and Struggles

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781529208672
eISBN:
9781529208719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781529208672.003.0012
Subject:
Business and Management, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

This chapter details the Scottish Government's implementation in 2016 of the Scottish Living Wage (SLW) for front-line workers in adult social care in an effort to address cost and quality tensions ... More


Women Workers in Industrializing Korea: From the 1960s to the 1980s

Hwasook Nam

in Women in the Sky: Gender and Labor in the Making of Modern Korea

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781501758263
eISBN:
9781501758287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501758263.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter examines South Korea's developmental era, from the 1960s to the 1980s. It focuses on the effect of the industrial relations system that consolidated during the 1950s and 1960s and, in ... More


Engaged Scholarship and the Living-Wage Movement

Stephanie Luce

in Civic Labors: Scholar Activism and Working-Class Studies

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040498
eISBN:
9780252098932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.003.0020
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

In this chapter, the author demonstrates the synergy between scholarship and engagement based on her experience as a researcher with the living wage movement in Los Angeles and the ways in which this ... More


Vital Wages

Dana Simmons

in Vital Minimum: Need, Science, and Politics in Modern France

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226251561
eISBN:
9780226251738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226251738.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Wage debates in twentieth-century Europe were dominated by a new regulating principle: the minimum vital, ‘living wage’ or Existenzminimum. This chapter analyzes the political-scientific content of ... More


Wages in Global Supply Chains: Where They Stand and Where We Need to Go

Jinsun Bae

in Private Regulation of Labor Standards in Global Supply Chains: Problems, Progress, and Prospects

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781501754517
eISBN:
9781501754548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501754517.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

This chapter assesses progress on wages in global supply chains, using AUDCO data. The data include hourly wage rates, the gap between actual wages and minimum wages, the gap between actual wages and ... More


Labor Activism in Local Politics: From CBAs to ‘CBAs’

Katherine Stone and Scott Cummings

in The Idea of Labour Law

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199693610
eISBN:
9780191729744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693610.003.0018
Subject:
Law, Employment Law, Philosophy of Law

Activism by labor and community coalitions at the local level is redefining labor law in the United States. Despite a drastic decline in union density and power in the United States, labor and ... More


Social security policy and low wages in austere times

Chris Grover

in Social policy review 27: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2015

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781447322771
eISBN:
9781447322795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447322771.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

In-work poverty has been a problem in the UK for many years. Since wage supplements were condemned in the 19th century, various approaches have been taken to deal with the seemingly intractable ... More


White Men’s Wages: The Australian/American Campaign for a Legislated Living Wage

Marilyn Lake

in Outside In: The Transnational Circuitry of US History

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190459840
eISBN:
9780190459888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459840.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, American History: 19th Century

This essay suggests that US proposals for a federal minimum wage, which achieved success in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, emerged in a transnational discourse shaped by the introduction of a ... More


U.S. Poverties and Religious Resources: Movement Context

C. Melissa Snarr

in All You That Labor: Religion and Ethics in the Living Wage Movement

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814741122
eISBN:
9780814788592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814741122.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter studies the emergence of the contemporary living wage movement in the United States. By conscious political choice, U.S. politicians decided to undermine the original intent of the ... More


Introduction

C. Melissa Snarr

in All You That Labor: Religion and Ethics in the Living Wage Movement

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814741122
eISBN:
9780814788592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814741122.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter presents three major insights that can be obtained in analyzing religious activists in the living wage movement. First, the roles of religious activists and their ethical ... More


Conclusion: “Come, Walk with Us, the Journey Is Long”

C. Melissa Snarr

in All You That Labor: Religion and Ethics in the Living Wage Movement

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814741122
eISBN:
9780814788592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814741122.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This concluding chapter contemplates on the next stages of the living wage movement. The movement is best seen as a gateway to other worker justice struggles such as raising state and federal minimum ... More


A Long-Term Vision: Scaling up Experiments and Overcoming Orchestration Deficits to Reduce Informality

Shelley Marshall

in Living Wage: Regulatory Solutions to Informal and Precarious Work in Global Supply Chains

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198830351
eISBN:
9780191868610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198830351.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Employment Law

This chapter canvasses a long-term vision for improving the lives of poor and precarious workers who work in informal conditions. It proposes a bold, transnational initiative that aims to promote a ... More


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