Limits of the platform economy
Azzellini, Dario / Greer, Ian / Umney, Charles
Digitalization and marketization in live music.
Reihe: Forschungsförderung Working Paper, Nr. 154.
Online platforms have disrupted parts of the capitalist economy, with allegedly severe consequences in the world of work. This study examines live music in Germany and the UK, where online platforms do not dominate, despite considerable digitalization of market intermediaries. The analysis shows that, as the degree of digitalization increases, matching services tend to work less as a workers representative which is traditionally the case for live music agents and more as a force of marketization that disciplines workers by orchestrating price-based competition.