Unemployed labour in a capitalist society: explanations, statistics, administration and controversy
Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or may be available through Inter-Library Loan. In capitalist societies unemployment is more often than not condemned in the individual and tolerated in the economy. Since the collapse of ostensible 'full employment' during the mid 1970s, New Zealand has proved to be no exception in this matter. Although the blame for unemployment is often placed on the shoulders of the unemployed, more rational explanations interpret it as either contingent on market forces or inherent in productive relations.Public recognition of the extent of unemployment is dependent on the methods and assumptions used in its official determination. Reliance on unemployment statistics derived from official registers instead of survey-based measures has set New Zealand apart from most other OECD countries. Census data and those from other surveys show that unemployment has been more extensive than indicated by official unemployment figures.Social and economic policy has usually conceived 'unemployment' in global terms and given little attention to the actual uneven distibutions of unemployment across a range of demographic, social and regional characteristics.The State's management of unemployment has preferred to regard it as a temporary externality rather than as the outcome of the capital-labour relation. As a result, various schemes and measures have been implemented to alleviate of the consequences of mass unemployment. The initial social relation which gives rise to unemployment is left intact, apart from some paradoxical consequences which are usually to capital's advantage. Nevertheless, a period of mass unemployment provides the opportunity for considerable political, social and economic transformation.
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PhD Thesis - University of Auckland
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