In search of what the “Wealth of Nations” means today, when the Industrial Revolution has given way to the Service Economy, these European Papers propose to consider the lengthening of the life cycle a key, decisive social and economic issue. Read More

Abstracts from The Employment Dilemma and the Future of Work

1. Foreword

The first question that any reader who had a look at the inside cover information on this report would ask is: Why would somebody reprint a text whose major work was done exactly 10 years ago? The answer is simple and two-fold: firstly, quite simply because we have run out of books. There is still a strong demand for this publication and we have been reproducing off-print versions of the original and then the slightly updated manuscript for a number of years now. But secondly, and more importantly, because in the recent past a new wave of thinking about the future of work and how to organize the socio-economic system has found its way into the mainstream. Interestingly enough, our ideas back in 1996 are being discussed anew.
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