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Work in the Digital Age:
Challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution


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, contributors examine important policy challenges arising from the transformation of work as a result of the introduction of digital technology at work.

Authors 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.

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

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.


Cover of book "Work in the Digital Age. Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution" co-edited by Das Progressive Zentrum Policy Fellows Max Neufeind and Florian Ranft

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“Work in the Digital Age”

You may either download a PDF version of the book for free or buy a hardcopy at 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.

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, senior research analyst at the Centre for Progressive Policy and 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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Series of Conferences on Work in the Digital Age


Following the launch of the book, Das Progressive Zentrum, France Stratégie and Policy Network will be bringing together key thinkers and policymakers at a series of conferences across Europe, the first event taking place on 6 July in Paris.


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More events in Berlin, Brussels, London and Madrid will follow in autumn 2018. At the heart of the discussion of the expert round tables, we will be examining how governments across Europe can best respond to the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution. The issues discussed will range from talks about reforming the welfare state, providing high-quality education and training, improving social dialogue, debating tax reforms and finding new rules for the platform economy.


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