The Changing Nature of Workby Frank Ackerman, Neva R. Goodwin, Laurie Dougherty, Kevin Gallagher, Robert Reich
Pub. Date: 10/28/1998
Publisher: Island Press
<p>Human impacts on the environment are largely driven by economic forces. If a more ecologically sustainable world is to be achieved, significant changes must be made to the current growth- and consumption-dependent economic system. The Frontier Issues in Economic Thought series was designed to assist the growing number of economists and others who are responding to the need for new thinking about economics in the face of environmental and social forces that are reshaping the world.<p>The Changing Nature of Work examines the causes and effects of the rapid transformation of the world of work. It provides concise summaries of the key writings on work and workplace issues, extending the frontiers of labor economics to include the often overlooked social and psychological dimensions of work.<p>The book begins with a foreword by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich that presents labor in contemporary perspective. An introductory overview provides a brief history of the changing nature of work and situates current problems in the context of longer-term developments. Following that are eight topical sections that feature three- to five-page summaries for each of the ten to twelve most important articles or book chapters on a subject.<p>Sections cover.<p><li>new directions in labor economics <li>social and psychological dimensions of work and unemployment <li> globalization and labor <li>new technologies and organizational change <li>flexibility and internal labor markets <li> new patterns of industrial relations <li> family, gender, paid and unpaid work <li>difference and diversity in the workplac.<p>The book provides a roadmap for scholars on the vast and diverse literature concerning labor issues, and affords students a quick overview of that rapidly changing field. It is an important contribution to the series and is a valuable book for anyone interested in labor, as well as for students and scholars of labor economics, industrial sociology, industrial relations, social psychology, and their respective disciplines.
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