Constructing Unemployment: The Politics of Joblessness in East and West

Constructing Unemployment: The Politics of Joblessness in East and West

by Phineas Baxandall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754639304

ISBN-13: 9780754639305

Pub. Date: 07/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Baxandall (Harvard University) examines how unemployment takes on different political meanings and explores the ways in which governments act to change their accountability for unemployment, in this contribution to the comparative political economy literature on political responses to economic problems. He reverses a conventional application of comparative research,

Overview

Baxandall (Harvard University) examines how unemployment takes on different political meanings and explores the ways in which governments act to change their accountability for unemployment, in this contribution to the comparative political economy literature on political responses to economic problems. He reverses a conventional application of comparative research, using an Eastern European case to reveal political dynamics that are mirrored in the West, and draws on interviews and previously unexplored archives as well. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754639305
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresvi
List of Tablesvii
Part IIntroduction
1Changing Meanings of Unemployment3
Part IIFrom Multiple Changes in a Single Case to International Comparisons
2Communism Without an Unemployment Taboo15
3Birth of the Unemployment Taboo and Its Defense in Early Reforms37
4Eroding Employment to Avoid Unemployment65
5Migrating Birds, Work-Shirkers and the Redefinition of Unemployment83
6Rising Unemployment and its Political Disappearance after Communism: Toward Regional and International Comparisons121
Part IIIComparative Cases
7Comparative Cases of Conceptual Change: America, Britain, the USSR, and Municipalities near Geneva163
8Comparing the Political Importance of Unemployment Across the European Union187
Part IVTheory and Predictions
9How the Meaning of Unemployment is Constructed205
10The Future of Unemployment233
Bibliography243
Index269

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