Working and Living in the Shadow of Economic Fragility

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Marion Crain, Michael Sherraden
Oxford University Press, 18. mar. 2014 - 320 sider
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Not since the Great Depression of the 1930s has the United States faced such a prolonged period of high unemployment and underemployment. Recovery from the "Great Recession" that began in 2008 has been slow, and is projected to remain sluggish over the next several years, while another shock to the global economy could erase the meager gains of the past months. Economic conditions remain fragile and employment challenges show no sign of letting up. With persistently high unemployment and underemployment-and growing inequality in wages-an increasing number of American families are no longer adequately supported by employment income and basic benefits. Many older workers have "retired" before they are ready, and many young workers cannot find a foothold in the job market. A silent crisis is underway, with huge social and economic costs for the nation. Working and Living in the Shadow of Economic Fragility examines the current state of employment through historical, macroeconomic, cultural, sociological and policy lenses, in order to address fundamental questions about the role and value of work in America today. The book offers suggestions for how to address the short- and long-term challenges of rebuilding a society of opportunity with meaningful and sustaining jobs as the foundation of the American middle class.
 

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Indhold

1 The Continuing Unemployment Crisis Causes Cures and Questions for Further Study
1
2 Too Much Spending or Too Little Income? The Macroeconomics of Household Spending and Debt in the Consumer Age
36
3 Financial Fragility Medical Problems and the Bankruptcy System
53
4 The Affordable Care Act and LowWage Workers
70
5 How Will Employers Respond to National Health Reform? Lessons from the 2006 Reform Initiative in Massachusetts
82
6 Unionism Law and the Collective Struggle for Economic Justice
101
7 The Limits of Voluntary Employer Action for Improving LowLevel Jobs
120
8 Economic Security and the American Dream
140
9 Guardianship and the New Gilded Age Insular Politics and the Perils of Elite Rule
157
10 Keep Government out of My Medicare The Search for Popular Support of Taxes and Social Spending
176
11 A Model of American Inequality Opportunity and Political Power
194
12 The Challenge of Creating Good Jobs
213
Notes
233
Index
245
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Om forfatteren (2014)

Marion Crain, Vice Provost, Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law & Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital, Washington University School of Law Michael Sherraden, George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor, Center for Social Development, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

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