International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy: Volume 37 Issue 7/8


Table of contents - Special Issue: Integrating perspectives in the informal economy

Guest Editors: Jason Heyes, Joanna Shapland

From the informal economy to the meaning of informality: Developing theory on firms and their workers

Monder Ram, Paul Edwards, Trevor Jones, Maria Villares-Varela

The purpose of this paper is to assess ways in which informality can be understood and reviews an emerging area of management scholarship. The origins and nature of informality…


How close are formal and informal work?

Joanna Shapland, Jason Heyes

Recent changes in the UK to the regulation and modes of work in the formal and informal economies are considered. Research in this field has tended to remain in silos (treating…


Informal employment in the poor European periphery

Birgit Pfau-Effinger

During the transition from socialist to post-socialist regimes, many Central and Eastern Europe societies have developed a broad sector of informal work. This development has…


Practices of subjectivity: the informal economies and the subaltern rebellion

Pietro Saitta

The purpose of this paper is to explore the links between “informal economies” and the concept of “resistance.” The author argues that the petty illegalities of the dominated and…


Formality and informality in an Indian urban waste economy

Barbara Harriss-White

The purpose of this paper is to contribute original evidence about the conditions for formal and informal contracts for commodities and labour in the waste economy of a South…


Gender and informal livelihoods: Coping strategies and perceptions of waste pickers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

Ana Carolina Ogando, Sally Roever, Michael Rogan

This paper explores the perceptions and experiences of women and men who work as informal waste collectors in four different cities. The purpose of this paper is to map out how…


Inheritance tax compliance – earmarking with normative value principles

Jennifer Anna Stark, Erich Kirchler

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship of inheritance tax behavior with normative value principles and factors found relevant for income tax compliance…


Economic crisis and “white informal economy” – a slippery slope

Bojan Dobovšek, Boštjan Slak

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of studying the quasi-legal forms of informal economic behaviour that we know as the white informal economy. The paper…


Great expectations but little evidence: policing money laundering

Antoinette Verhage

The purpose of this paper is to map anti-money laundering policy and its impact on money laundering. The AML system is discussed from the perspective of the compliance officer…

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