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The Political Economy of the Service Transition
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The Political Economy of the Service Transition

Anne Wren


In recent decades, the world’s most developed economies— commonly labeled the advanced industrial democracies— have faced massive structural change. Industrial sectors, which once formed the economic backbone of these societies, have shrunk inexorably in size and economic significance, while service sectors have taken over as the primary engines of output and employment expansion. While all of the most economically advanced democracies are experiencing deindustrialization, however, significant variations exist in the rate of service sector expansion, or in the nature of this expansion across c ... More

Keywords: service economy, post-industrial society, deindustrialization, varieties of capitalism, inequality, service employment, service trade, women’s labor market participation, partisan politics, political coalitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657285
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Wren, editor
Research Associate, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

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