Sharing property sharing labour: the co-production of value in platform economies

Zhu, S. (2020) Sharing property sharing labour: the co-production of value in platform economies. Laws, 9(4), 24. (doi: 10.3390/laws9040024)

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The recent meteoric rise of innovative companies in the sharing economy has divided commentators and regulators alike on the question of their socio-economic impact. Do these economic activities herald an equitable and sustainable alternative to existing practices, or are they simply expanding commercial exploitation into greater areas of life? This dichotomy overlooks how these economic activities constitute new assemblages of labour and property, and shape the flow of value amongst their participants. I propose a conceptual mechanism of ‘labour-service’, whereby labour and value flow through webs of material objects, as a way of examining how organic collaboration is first structured by the laws of property, and then by the dynamics of nascent platform economies. Tracing labour-service through the sharing economy renders a clearer view of the factors that drive collaboration and exploitation, and hopefully can contribute towards more efficacious regulatory measures and advance academic commentary on this emerging phenomenon.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zhu, Dr Sally
Authors: Zhu, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Laws
ISSN (Online):2075-471X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Author
First Published:First published in Laws 9(4):24
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303552Shifting paradigms of material property relations in cyber-sharing economiesGeorgios PavlakosLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHUL)ECF-2018-378Law