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Pressures towards and against formalization: Regulation and informal employment in Mozambique

DIBBEN, Pauline and WOOD, Geoffrey and WILLIAMS, Colin C (2015) 'Pressures towards and against formalization: Regulation and informal employment in Mozambique.' International Labour Review, 154 (3). pp. 373-392. ISSN 0020-7780

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The informal economy accounts for the bulk of employment in many emerging economies. Regulation theory suggests that all economic activity is characterized by a complex combination of formal and informal regulation. Looking at the case of Mozambique, this article explores the pressures towards and against formalization, and the forms regulation can take, drawing on qualitative research based on in-depth elite interviews and observation. The findings highlight how the State's role in promoting formalization of the informal economy is ambivalent; its approach incorporates both "progressive" elements, which focus on the modernization of regulations and institutions, and "conservative" elements, which inhibit this process of change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: informal employment; informal workers; regulation; informal economy; state intervention; case study; Mozambique
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 15:19
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:50

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