Tackling social disruption in the online platform economy


The platform economy is growing, but too often platforms' main competitive advantage seems to be regulatory arbitrage. Profits are generated over the back of individual worker’s well-being and the welfare state’s sustainability. In this paper, Professor Garben explores the precarious nature of much platform work, and invites us to look behind facile narratives of innovation promoted by many platforms. She explains that current rules at national and EU level do not provide the security platform workers deserve, and suggests a holistic update of EU rules on atypical work to improve their labour conditions.


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Tackling social disruption in the online platform economy
Garben, S. (2019), Tackling social disruption in the online platform economy. FEPS Policy Paper, July 2019.


  • Research publication
  • EU28
  • Yes
  • legal issues, social protection
  • English
  • FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies) (Research institute)
  • Qualitative research
  • 2019
  • Open access
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