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Three Lectures on Post-Industrial Society

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ISBN-10: 0262033836

ISBN-13: 9780262033831

Edition: 2008

Authors: Daniel Cohen, William McCuaig

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In this pithy and provocative book, noted economist Daniel Cohen offers his analysis of the global shift to a post-industrial era. If it was once natural to speak of industrial society, Cohen writes, it is more difficult to speak meaningfully of post-industrial "t;society."t; The solidarity that once lay at the heart of industrial society no longer exists. The different levels of large industrial enterprises have been systematically disassembled: tasks considered nonessential are assigned to subcontractors; engineers are grouped together in research sites, apart from the workers. Employees are left exposed while shareholders act to protect themselves. Never has the awareness that we all live in the same world been so strong---and never have the social conditions of existence been so unequal. In these wide-ranging reflections, Cohen describes the transformations that signaled the break between the industrial and the post-industrial eras. He links the revolution in information technology to the trend toward flatter hierarchies of workers with multiple skills--and connects the latter to work practices growing out of the culture of the May 1968 protests. Subcontracting and outsourcing have also changed the nature of work, and Cohen succinctly analyzes the new international division of labor, the economic rise of China, India, and the former Soviet Union, and the economic effects of free trade on poor countries. Finally, Cohen examines the fate of the European social model--with its traditional compromise between social justice and economic productivity--in a post-industrial world.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/29/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 120
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Daniel Cohen is Professor of Economics at the �cole Normale Sup�rieure and the Universit� de Paris-I. A member of the Council of Economic Analysis of the French Prime Minister, he is the author of The Wealth of the World and the Poverty of Nations, Our Modern Times: The Nature of Capitalism in the Information Age, Globalization and Its Enemies, and Three Lectures on Post-Industrial Society, all published by the MIT Press.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Era of Ruptures
The New World Economy
Is There a European Social Model?
Conclusion
Notes
Index