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  • ISBN 0691086885
  • ISBN13 978-0691086880
  • Language English
  • Author Paul Osterman
  • Publisher Princeton University Press (December 3, 2000)
  • Pages 240
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We live in an age of economic paradox. The dynamism of America's economy is astounding--the country's industries are the most productive in the world and spin off new products and ideas at a bewildering pace. Yet Americans feel deeply uneasy about their economic future. The reason, Paul Osterman explains, is that our recent prosperity is built on the ruins of the once reassuring postwar labor market. Workers can no longer expect stable, full-time jobs and steadily rising incomes. Instead, they face stagnant wages, layoffs, rising inequality, and the increased likelihood of merely temporary work. In Securing Prosperity, Osterman explains in clear, accessible terms why these changes have occurred and lays out an innovative plan for new economic institutions that promises a more secure future.

Osterman begins by sketching the rise and fall of the postwar labor market, showing that firms have been the driving force behind recent change. He draws on original surveys of nearly 1,000 corporations to demonstrate that firms have reorganized and downsized not just for the obvious reasons--technological advances and shifts in capital markets--but also to take advantage of new, team-oriented ways of working. We can't turn the clock back, Osterman writes, since that would strip firms of the ability to compete. But he also argues that we should not simply give ourselves up to the mercies of the market.

Osterman argues that new policies must engage on two fronts: addressing both higher rates of mobility in the labor market and a major shift in the balance of power against employees. To deal with greater mobility, Osterman argues for portable benefits, a stronger Unemployment Insurance system, and new labor market intermediaries to help workers navigate the labor market. To redress the imbalance of power, Osterman assesses the possibilities of reforming corporate governance but concludes the best approach is to promote "countervailing power" through innovative unions and creative strategies for organizing employee voice in communities. Osterman gives life to these arguments with numerous examples of promising institutional experiments.


Osterman begins by sketching the rise and fall of the postwar labor market, showing that firms have been the driving force behind recent change.

Osterman begins by sketching the rise and fall of the postwar labor market, showing that firms have been the driving force behind recent change. We can't turn the clock back, Osterman writes, since that would strip firms of the ability to compete.

Securing Prosperity book. Osterman begins by sketching the rise and fall of the postwar labor market, showing that firms have been the driving force behind recent change. We live in an age of economic paradox.

Home Browse Books Book details, Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market . "Securing Prosperity" is a balanced, comprehensive, and shrewd analysis of the changes that have buffeted the . workplace over the past twenty years.

Home Browse Books Book details, Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market:. Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market: How It Has Changed and What to Do about It. By Paul Osterman. Paul Osterman focuses on the huge rise in labor-market mobility and the shifting balance of power between employees and management, showing both the positive and negative sides of these developments.

Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market: How It Has Changed and What to Do about It. Paul Osterman. Getting Started: The Youth Labor Market. Employment Futures: Reorganization, Dislocation, and Public Policy. Wise look at the need for raising all ships. com User, June 12, 2000. He puts forth so solid a case for the need to ensure equity for all-not just technologists-that he even convinced this consultant that something has to be done.

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The reason, Paul Osterman explains, is that our recent prosperity is built . TWO The Changing Structure of the American Labor Market.

The reason, Paul Osterman explains, is that our recent prosperity is built on the ruins of the once reassuring postwar labor market. Workers can no longer expect stable, full-time jobs and steadily rising incomes. We began this book with a paradox: despite the good economic news on many dimensions, there remains a widespread sense that the labor market is a far riskier and dangerous place than in the past.

New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2003. Economic Geography, 2002, 78, 463–93. Tilly, C. Half a job: Bad and good part-time jobs in a changing labor market. Theodore, N. & Peck, J. Temporary staffing industry: Growth imperative and limits to contingency. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1996. Tsui, . Pearce, . Porter, L. & Tripoli, A. Alternative approaches to the employee–organization relationship: Does investment in employees pay off? Academy of Management Journal, 1997, 40, 1089–121.

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Similar books to Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market: How It Has Changed and What to Do about It (Century Foundation Book). This is the ideal book for anyone interested in how globalization and the new market economy have altered the lives of employees and what corrective measures might be taken to cushion the harmful effects without sacrificing the benefits. -Derek Bok, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Paul Osterman's scientific contributions. Publications (3). Article. Daniel J. B. Mitchell. Farewell to Commitment? Changing Employment Relations and Labor Markets in the United States.