The Political Economy of Work (Routledge Frontiers of by David Spencer

By David Spencer

Against the historical past of accelerating curiosity within the altering nature and caliber of labor, The Political economic system of Work deals a brand new and detailed overview of the theoretical research of labor. the writer demanding situations a few universal preconceptions approximately paintings and promotes an unique method of the sphere, considering the character and improvement of principles on paintings and its impression on human healthiness drawing on such burgeoning literatures because the 'economics of happiness'.

Spencer techniques the topic via a cautious exam of the heritage of notion on paintings over the past 300 years. A key concentration is the advance of principles on paintings in mainstream economics, beginning with the mercantilists and the classical economists, and carrying on with with neoclassical economists (e.g. Jevons, Marshall). The contributions of contemporary methods together with the recent 'information-theoretic' economics and the hot 'economics of happiness' also are mentioned. the writer sees flaws within the depiction of labor in mainstream economics and as an alternative attracts perception from the writings of critics of the mainstream paradigm, reminiscent of the 19th century 'utopian' writers (Godwin, Fourier, Carlyle, Ruskin, Morris), Marx, and the outdated institutional economists (Commons, Veblen). the choice strategy defined within the ebook stresses the boundaries to worthwhile paintings less than capitalism and develops a case for radical swap within the agency of work.

The ebook cuts throughout diverse disciplinary obstacles and is probably going to entice researchers in a few assorted fields, together with labour economics, labour heritage, the sociology of labor, business family, and human source administration. it is going to attract all those that desire to advertise a extra serious figuring out of the function that paintings can and should play in society.

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