The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st-Century Capitalism

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What skills will be the most valuable in the coming century? How can our country ensure that all its citizens have a share in the new global economy? The author of The Next American Frontier addresses these questions in a trail-blazing new book that is certain to guide a generation of policy makers.


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1991 Hard cover First edition. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 331 p. Audience: General/trade. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1991. Book Condition: as new. ... First edition. First? 25 cm, 331, footnotes, note on sources, index, The author, formerly Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, explains his theory that there is no longer an "American" economy Read more Show Less

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What skills will be the most valuable in the coming century? How can our country ensure that all its citizens have a share in the new global economy? The author of The Next American Frontier addresses these questions in a trail-blazing new book that is certain to guide a generation of policy makers.


What skills will be the most valuable in the coming century? How can our country ensure that all its citizens have a share in the new global economy? The author of The Next American Frontier addresses these questions in a trail-blazing new book that is certain to guide a generation of policy makers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This stimulating treatise urges Americans to prepare for a newly emerging global economic order. (Feb.)
Library Journal
According to Harvard economist Reich, author of The Resurgent Liberal ( LJ 8/89), we are going through a historic transformation that is rearranging the politics and economics of the 1990s and the 21st century. Economies are no longer simply national in scope but global, rewarding the most skilled around the world with ever greater wealth while consigning the less skilled to declining standards of living. He sees the global work forces as already divided into three groups: routine producers (e.g., data processors), in-person servers (e.g., librarians), and symbolic analysts who manipulate symbols for large profits (e.g., financial wizards). In 1989, these analysts comprised about one-fifth of the population of the United States, but they earned more than half the income. As the rich get richer and the rest get poorer, Reich urges a national recommitment to the productivity and competitiveness of all citizens. This is highly recommended for all academic and public libraries.-- Jeffrey R. Herold, Bucyrus P.L., Ohio
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  • ISBN-13: 9780394583525
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/6/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    The Economist Rebuttal

    The argument Reich makes is not for more government spending, it is for different government spending. Reich questions the very ideas and our views of the national economy and what if any role large corporations play vs. the role people play? His focus is not on a liberal agenda but on a key policy question: What can we do as a nation so that the PEOPLE in our nation are better off. Think about who dislikes the idea of rethinking huge corporate welfare systems and reform of business lobbying of government and you will know who dislikes the ideas expressed in this very enlightening book. Another misconception is that corporations relocate headquarters when taxes get progressive. Taxes are much lower in many nations in the world already... why not move there now? The point is brain drain and companies moving away are idle threats. Corporations remain in the U.S. because of our rich human capital and the only way to retain that human capital is through education which to a certain extent requires the deceleration and hopefully the reversal of growing income inequality in this great country of ours.

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