Policy Press

Platform Politics

Corporate Power, Grassroots Movements and the Sharing Economy

By Luke Yates

Published

Nov 1, 2024

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529236156

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 1, 2024

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529236149

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 1, 2024

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529236163

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

The platform economy, powered by companies like Airbnb, Uber and Deliveroo, promised to revolutionize the way we work and live. But what are the actual benefits to our society and economy?

This book interrogates the ‘sharing economy’, showing how platform capitalism is not only shaped by business decisions, but is a result of struggles involving social movements, consumer politics and state interventions. It focuses in particular on the controversial tactics used by platform giants to avoid regulation.

Drawing on cutting-edge research and analysis, this book provides a critical overview of this important topic, and imagines the different possible futures of the platform economy.

Luke Yates is Lecturer in Sociology at The University of Manchester.

1. Introduction

2. Trajectories of Struggle: Making Sense of Change

3. Meaning, Framing and the ‘Sharing Economy’: Changing Common Sense

4. Platform Politics: New Tactics, New Power

5. Can You Manufacture a Movement? Astroturfing at Airbnb

6. Platform Power: History, Successes, Consequences

7. Contested Futures of Platform Politics