Work in the Digital Age: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Neufeind, M., J. O’Reilly and F. Ranft (2018). London: Rowman and Littlefield

Is it possible for progressives to present a vision of the future of work that harnesses the power of technology, but puts people at its heart?

A comparative project by Max Neufeind (Das Progressive Zentrum), Jacqueline O’Reilly (University of Sussex) and Florian Ranft (Policy Network) sheds light on the impact of these developments across Europe and beyond. While global in nature, the fourth industrial revolution is evidently moving at different speeds through different national contexts. Drawing on a wide range of international expertise, a major new publication examines the critical policy challenges arising from the transformation of work in the digital age.

In a series of essays, we hear from more than 50 policy experts across the world on the effects of automation, platform business models, stagnating productivity, and rising level of inequality within and between countries. They consider how to unlock the vast economic and social potential of new technologies and the implications for policy innovation at the firm, sectoral and state level.

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