Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Feb 28, 2013 - Business & Economics - 212 pages
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Working Scared tells the story of the American workforce during a period of wrenching structural changes and two recessions. Based on analysis of national surveys of more than 25,000 employed and unemployed Americans, this book describes and analyzes the conflicts and interactions found in the friction between the changing nature of work and the experiences, beliefs, aspirations, and concerns of working men and women in a largely post-industrial economy. By tracing the experiences of workers in times of economic prosperity and economic recession, labor and public policy expert Carl E. Van Horn captures the shifting perceptions of America’s workers as they are buffeted by the changing realities of the labor market and the impact of rapid economic change. He explores the implications, themes, and insights, and identifies nationally significant differences of opinion among various age, gender, political, and racial groups. Also included are two chapters of proposed policy reforms that would help the United States achieve full economic recovery from the Great Recession and reform workforce and education policies for the long term.





 

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Contents

Ch01 Working Scared in America and the Great Recession
1
Ch02 Is the American Worker Disposable?
21
Ch03 New American Workplace Realities
49
Ch04 Misery and Bleak Expectations for Older Unemployed Workers
69
Ch05 Unfulfilled Expectations for Recent College and High School Graduates
93
Recovering from the Great Recession
121
Ch07 Restoring the Shattered Dreams of American Workers
147
Appendix
175
Significant Works
183
Index
187
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Carl E. Van Horn, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and founding director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, is an expert on workforce, human resources, and employment policy issues with extensive experience in academia and the public sector. He is the author of more than one hundred articles and author or editor of fourteen books. Van Horn is frequently sought by national media for his views on labor, workforce, and economic issues.



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