Age Shock: How Finance is Failing Us

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Robin Blackburn teaches at the Graduate Faculty of the New School University, New York, and in the Sociology Department of the University of Essex.
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Overview

Robin Blackburn teaches at the Graduate Faculty of the New School University, New York, and in the Sociology Department of the University of Essex.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
“An impressive book ... Blackburn argues that the hard-won state systems and the private pensions that supplement them have come under threat.”
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“A serious and finely argued attack on contemporary market fundamentalism in a vivid phrasemaking style, which is even entertaining when it is not depressing you with the facts.”—The Guardian

“An ambitious recasting of pensions strategy for an aging society.”—Göran Therborn, New Left Review

“An impressive book ... Blackburn argues that the hard-won state systems and the private pensions that supplement them have come under threat.”—New York Review of Books

“Blackburn’s book is a serious and finely argued attack on contemporary market fundamentalism in a vivid phrasemaking style.”—Steven Poole, Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844677658
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,415,827
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the need for a new collectivism 1
1 The new life course : its shape and costs 29
2 The divided welfare state and the river of time 75
3 Commercial and corporate failure 109
4 The murky world of grey capital 153
5 The limits of reform and shareholder activism 195
6 The need for strong public pensions 227
7 How to finance decent pensions - and tame the corporations 263
Epilogue : living in the presence of our future selves 311
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