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The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalisby Robert B. Reich
Synopses & Reviews
Original and important... Robert B. Reich offers a fresh analysis of America's present economic and social prospects.- The New York Times
The World of Nations will be—and should be—widely read and debated.- Wall Street Journal
Robert Reich is one of the country's most innovative and interesting political economists.... Very few readers will walk away from this book] without learning to think about the world in a new and clearer way.- Los Angeles Times
A rarity...a work of economic theory that a layman can read with pleasure and intellectual profit.- The New Yorker
Reich covers a remarkable range of material with facility and intelligence.- Washington Post Book World
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The author of The Next American Frontier and The Resurgent Liberal addresses the socioeconomic questions that will be plaguing the policy-makers of the future. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
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.
About the Author
Currently Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, Robert Reich is a member of the faculty of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and one of America's foremost political economists. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Yale Law School, and Oxford University, he served as Assistant to the SolicitorGeneral in the Ford administrations and Director of Policy Planning for the Federal Trade Commission in the Carter administration. He is a contributing editor of The New Republic, chairman of the editorial board of The American Prospect, a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and The Atlantic, and a regular commentator for both National Public Radio, and public television. He is the author of The Resurgent Liberal, Tales of a New America, New Deals: The Chrysler Revival and the American System, The Next American Frontier, Minding America's Business, and other books. Reich lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.
Table of Contents
The origins of economic nationalism — Economic nationalism and high-volume production — The corporation and the national interest — The national champion — The national bargain — The presumed problem — From high volume to high value — The new web of enterprise — The diffusion of ownership and control — The global web — The end of the national champion — The coming irrelevance of corporate nationality — The perils of vestigial thought — The three jobs of the future — A degression on symbolic analysis and market incentive — American incomes — Why the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer — The education of the symbolic analyst (I) — The education of the symbolic analyst (II) — The problem restated — The decline of public investment — The uses of vestigial thought — The new community — The politics of secession — Who is "us"?
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