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Innovation and Employment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080225005, 9781483165486

Innovation and Employment

1st Edition

Author: David Foster
eBook ISBN: 9781483165486
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1980
Page Count: 208
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Innovation and Employment is a comprehensive study of the various aspects and principles of the problem of unemployment in Great Britain. It aims to provide new approaches and newfangled proposals that delineate from traditional methods of solving the problem of unemployment.

The formulation of a practical solution to the problem of unemployment is the main objective of the book. Prior to the presentation of the solution, correct facts and figures are gathered and the basic principles of employment are identified and explained. Finally, the author suggests the creation of a National Work Service to find a special job-fit between the self-starters and the unemployed, which hopefully can create a parallel economic arrangement of continuous economic growth.

Economists, labor planners, demographers, politicians, and students of economics and sociology will find this book invaluable.

Table of Contents




1. The New Unemployment

The History of the New Unemployment

Forecasts of Future Unemployment

Automation and the Unemployment Principle

A Saturating Domestic Market?

The Standard of Living of the Unemployed


2. Dealing with Unemployment

The Jig-saw Pieces

The First Jig-saw Piece — 'More Industrial Production'

The Second Jig-saw Piece — 'The Siege Economy'

The Third Jig-saw Piece — 'New Products'

The Fourth Jig-saw Piece — 'Grow all our own Food'

The Fifth Jig-saw Piece — 'Invite the Japanese to Manufacture in Britain'

The Sixth Jig-saw Piece — 'Expand Services'

The Seventh Jig-saw Piece — Back the Small Business'

The Eighth Jig-saw Piece — 'Share the Work out'

The Ninth Jig-saw Piece — 'The Natural Social Growth Areas'

The Tenth Jig-saw Piece — Government Action for Unemployment

A Review of the Jig-saw Pieces for the 'Cure' of Unemployment

3. Towards a Logic of Employment Principles

The Need for Employment Principles

The Pragmatic Approach through Anti-pain Law

The Cost of Unemployment

Human Happiness and Humanity Wealth

Employment Principles Based on Human Capitalism

The Practical Implications and Proposals

4. Employment by Expanding the Small Independent Businesses

The Independent Business Community

The Impediments to the Growth of Independent Businesses

Small Businesses in the United States

Unemployment and the Independent Businesses

The Destruction of the Impediments So the Independent Businesses Can Employ Many More People

5. Innovation for New Products

Inroads by the Foreigner

Developing Products for the Nationalized Industries and the Welfare State

The Need for 'Unique Products'

The British Industrial Research Organization and Why it Does Not Innovate New Products

6. The Role of the Back-Room Boy and the Inventor

British Inventive Genius

The Problems of the Inventor

Encouraging the Inventor and the Back-room Boys

7. A National Work Service

'All Who Want to Work Shall Have Work' - Youth

The National Work Service Related to Youth

Would the Self-starters Collaborate?

The Need for Vocation Colleges

The Extension of the National Work Service to Adults

Extension of the National Work Service to Innovating Back-room Boys

The Use of the National Work Service and Vocation Colleges for General Job-matching

The Costs of a National Work Service to Eliminate Unemployment at the 1978 Level

'Just Jobs ' or 'Jobs for Wealth'?

The Longer-term Future of the National Work Service

8. Summary of Proposals for Dealing with One Million Unemployed

The Overall System

Control at Ministry Level - Bringing it all Together

Requirements to Actualize the Proposals

Epilogue: Reflections on a Larger Canvas




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David Foster

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