Charles Handy’s ‘The Future of Work’ Re-visited

Sheldrake, John (2015) Charles Handy’s ‘The Future of Work’ Re-visited. Global Policy Institute Policy Paper (27). pp. 2-9.

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Abstract

The context and inspiration of Charles Handy’s The Future of Work and its sequels, The Age of Unreason (1989) and The Empty Raincoat (1994), were provided by the emergence and persistence of historically high levels of unemployment, particularly in the UK, during the early 1980s. Briefly, during the post‑war period the industrialised West had been more or less free from the threat and actuality of unemployment which had blighted the lives of many working people during the inter‑war years. The long post‑war economic boom produced a generation of workers who had little fear of losing their jobs and, in the UK at least, were protected by a combination of the welfare state and dominant trade unions. Optimistic assumptions concerning economic stability and progress were broadly shared by economists, politicians and industrialists alike.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global Policy Institute Policy Paper, GPI policy papers, Charles Brian Handy, work forecasts, social prediction, book review
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: David Pester
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2015 14:39
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2015 14:39
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/344

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