OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Political Economy of the Service Transition

ISBN : 9780199657292

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¥7,942
Author: 
Anne Wren
Pages
352 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
172 x 233 mm
Pub date
Jan 2013
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Over the past four decades the wealthiest OECD economies-in Europe, North America, and Australasia- have faced massive structural change. Industrial sectors, which were once considered the economic backbone of these societies, have shrunk inexorably in terms of size and economic significance, while service sectors have taken over as the primary engines of output and employment expansion. The impact on labor markets has been profound: in many OECD countries more than three-quarters of employment is now in services, while industrial sectors, on average, account for less than one-fifth. This sectoral shift in the locus of economic activity has potentially radical implications for politics and society. However, these implications are only beginning to be understood. This path-breaking book is a systematic attempt to understand the distinct political economy of service societies. It examines how different types of socio-economic regimes manage the service transition, with a central focus on job creation and destruction and the changing characteristics of labor markets, and shows that the economic, distributional, and political outcomes with which it is associated vary across countries depending on their political-institutional structures.

Index: 

1. Introduction: The Political Economy of the Post-Industrial Age
PART 1: SOCIO-ECONOMIC REGIMES AND THE SERVICE TRANSITION
2. A Political-Institutional Model of Real Exchange Rates, Competitiveness, and the Division of Labor
3. The Trilemma Revisited: Implications for Inequality and Employment Creation of the ICT Revolution and the Expansion of Service Trade
4. The Service Transition and Women's Employment
5. Pathways of Change in Coordinated Market Economies: Training Regimes in Germany and the Netherlands
6. A Tale of Two Trilemmas: Varieties of Higher Education and the Service Economy
PART 2: POLITICAL OUTCOMES OF ECONOMIC CHANGE
7. De-Industrialization and the Expansion of the Welfare State: A Reassessment
8. Service Expansion, International Exposure, and Political Preferences
9. The Political Economy of Working Time and Redistribution
10. The Political Economy of Gender in Service Sector Economies

About the author: 

Dr Anne Wren received her PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University in 2000 and was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University between 2000 and 2007. In 2006 she was awarded a Marie Curie Excellence Team grant by the European Commission to establish a research team working on the political economy of the service transition at the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She returned to Dublin to direct this research programme and is currently a Research Associate of IIIS.

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