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date: 17 July 2019

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A relatively recent institution, the internalized employment relationship is a common institutional feature of modern organizational capitalism. The definition of an internalized employment relationship hinges on the distinction between a contract for services and a contract of service. This article takes up three main issues that have been raised by this short overview of the significance of the internalized employment relationship. First, to understand the origins of this recent but now ubiquitous institution, the article reviews competing theoretical accounts of its emergence and evolution. Second, the article explores the scope of variations in the employment relationship and their embeddedness in interlocking societal institutions. Third, as the employment relationship is at the centre of processes of restructuring and change, it reviews the prospects for the survival of not only the distinctive forms of the internalized employment relationship, but also the institution of internalized employment itself.

Keywords: internalized employment relationship, institutional feature, organizational capitalism, theoretical accounts, societal institutions

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