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A new third way

The regulated market economies of Germany, Japan and east Asia are facing unprecedented challenges from Anglo-American neo-liberal orthodoxy. But, argues John Plender, some of the benefits of co-operative, high-trust capitalism can be retained at company level through employee ownership
John Plender  

Sociology of knowledge

The policy response to unemployment depends on where you consider it from. David Donnison argues that London-based government advisers are fixated on supply-side solutions because there are plenty of jobs in the southeast
David Donnison  

The unreconstructed

An old Labour academic claims that lack of demand is the main cause of unemployment. Yvette Cooper, a new Labour MP, says this Keynesianism is as out of date as the monetarism which followed
Yvette Cooper  

The great experiment

The march of women into the workforce is the greatest social revolution of our century. Suzanne Franks wonders why so little adequate research has been done on the effects this is having on children
Suzanne Franks  

A stake of one’s own

Has the robust health of the freewheeling British economy weakened the case for stakeholding? It is still the only coherent response to the new right, but stakeholding must be adapted to Britain's liberal economic culture and dissociated from the declinism…
John Plender  

Cruelty to cats

The newspaper editors who hounded Cedric Brown earn a lot more than he did. Derek Matthews comes to the defence of Britain's highly paid utility bosses
Derek Matthews  

One nation: two problems

The stakeholder debate conflates two distinct problems: competitiveness and social exclusion. The training industry does the same. The result is a feeble qualification system which helps neither mployers nor employees
Ronald Dore  

Marketable women

The flood of women on to the labour market has been good news for companies seeking flexibility. Patricia Morgan says it is bad news for men and family life
Patricia Morgan  

The stake we’re in

Labour's stakeholder Britain shouldn't try to emulate Germany, argues David Soskice. Germanic institutions would not work in Britain's de-regulated, service-based, economy. Rather, Labour should try to offer people a stake in the new labour market
David Soskice  

Same as the old boss

The success of the new South Africa depends on what happens in its factories and offices, which in turn depends on organised labour. David Honigmann considers whether the unions, central to bringing down apartheid, can now contain black aspirations
David Honigmann  

Pay as you earn

Labour politicians believe that Cedric Brown and other highly paid utility bosses will win them the next election. But has the uproar over top salaries led to any greater clarity about how much people should earn? W G Runciman offers…
W G Runciman  

The miserable regiment of women

Today's professional women are advancing through the labour market in unprecedented numbers, but many are discovering stress and unhappiness rather than the promised land. Rosalind Miles suggests that the old enemies of feminism can no longer be blamed
Rosalind Miles