Shadow economies and irregular work in urban Europe

16th to early 20th centuries

Edited by: Thomas Buchner, Philip R. Hoffmann-Rehnitz

Shadow economies and irregular work are not new phenomena. Before the rise of the modern welfare state, there were a broad range of diverse economic activities which were regarded as irregular, though not necessarily illicit. Although they constituted an important part of economic life, such irregular and informal practices have not yet been studied more closely and from a comprehensive perspective in modern historical research. The articles in this volume explore multifaceted aspects of informal economies and irregular work in European cities from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. The book provides a historical perspective to ongoing debates about the crisis of the modern labor society and the relationship between (informal) work, public welfare, and the state. (Series: Austria: Forschung und Wissenschaft - Geschichte - Vol. 2)


228 pages

Publication Date: 9/14/2011
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9783825806880