Informality/formality are a duality necessarily bound up with each other. We look at diverse forms of intersections between them.
The dualism of the informal/formal sector distinction has recently been replaced with a recognition that informality/formality are a duality necessarily bound up with each other. This recognition is one of the key legacies of Keith Hart's original work, which was subsequently neglected as the ideas were made workable for economic management. Bringing informal and formal together is increasingly common in both academic analysis and development policy, the latter particularly as policies encouraging the formalization of informality. This panel will broaden the terms of this engagement, by including papers that look at a range of different kinds of intersection between the formal and the informal. Governmental formalization is only one way in which informality can be formalized; corporations can also formalize informal sector operators, by bringing them into their corporate governance as subcontractors or salespeople; within supra-national institutions formality and informality are negotiated and enforced in the form of non-legally binding (soft law) tools such as treaties and conventions; NGOs,grassroots movements and civic associations often struggle to see their practices formalized and legally recognized. This panel will examine a range of the various ways in which formality and informality intersect and interact: subordination, toleration, regularization, eradication, exploitation and subversion, to mention only a few of the possible scenarios and processes. The trajectories taken by these intersections of formality and informality will have a great influence on the economic futures that emerge in a less Euro-centric global economy.
Strategies to formalize land ownership in the Bamako, Mali metropolitan region: comparing the centre and peripheries
Transnational Maya textile traders at the interstices of formal-informal economy sectors in Guatemala and Mexico
From market to market: (re)situating "informality" and "extralegality" in the retail vegetable trade, Baguio, Philippines
Sentiment, solidarity, and trade marketing: intersections of informality and formality at urban marketplaces in Bolivia