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Work in the Digital Age: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

2018 | Max Neufeind, Florian Ranft, Jacqueline O'Reilly (eds.)

Shining a light on the very different experiences of work in the digital age, this book provides a unique contribution to the reform discussion on the consequences of the fourth industrial revolution. Drawing on a wide range of international expertise, the contributors to this volume examine important policy challenges arising from the transformation of work as a result of the introduction of digital technology at work.

Work in the Digital Age_Cover_Max Neufeind, Jacqueline O'Reilly and Florian RanftAuthors in this volume discuss the effects of automation, platform business models, stagnating productivity, increasing regional disparities, and rising levels of inequality within and between countries. They consider how to unlock the vast economic and social potential of new technologies and the implications for policy reform to meet these challenges.

Mastering them requires developing a new inclusive narrative and progressive reform agenda. Such an agenda would be economic and political, and not determined universally by technology. The narrative is not only about what policymakers need to do, which is rather a lot. It is also about reforming established organisations and institutions, understanding new emerging players and supporting disaffected citizens in how the effects of these changes are going to affect their lives. The authors clearly pinpoint what needs to be done to support the transition to work in the digital era.


Work in the Digital Age is a superb collection of articles that together provide a wide-ranging, comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities for labour in a period of rapid technological change. This volume is essential reading for academics and policymakers alike.
Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science at MIT and Member of Das Progressive Zentrum’s Scientific Council

You may either download a PDF version of the book for free or purchase a hard-copy from Rowman & Littlefield for £24.95 or online-resellers for €34,95.

About the editors

Max Neufeind is a researcher and policy adviser on the future of work and a Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum.

Jacqueline O’Reilly is professor of comparative human resources at the University of Sussex Business School.

Florian Ranft is head of Policy and International at Policy Network, a Senior Research Analyst at the Centre for Progressive Policy and a Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum.


Article for Work in the Digital Age

Political realities and a reform agenda for the digital age

The editors Max Neufeind, Jacqueline O’Reilly and Florian Ranft take an overview of work in the digital age and urge us to update, recharge and reload the concept of work in society.


Work in the Digital Age

The platform economy 

Professor Juliet Schor on consequences for labour, inequality and the environment.



Work in the Digital Age

No need for automation angst but automation policies 

Automation doesn’t mean the end of work – we just need to get ready for the changes on the horizon. By D. Arnold, M. Arntz, T. Gregory, S. Steffers and U. Zierahn.




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