The Weightless World: Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy

The Weightless World: Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy

by Diane Coyle

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Overview

A call to develop a new politics for the age of the digital economy—when currency and goods literally have no weight.

The Weightless World is the first book to map an economic world that has been turned upside down by digital technology and global business. How will our careers, businesses, and governments change in a world where bytes are the only currency and where the goods that shape our lives—global financial transactions, computer code, and cyberspace commerce—literally have no weight? Addressing such problems as economic inequity and unemployment, Diane Coyle calls on individuals and governments to develop a new politics of weightlessness so that the economic benefits can be shared fairly. She proposes the creation of a radical center as the way to a new era of human creativity and economic prosperity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262531665
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/18/1999
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction vii(14)
Acknowledgements xxi
1. The Weightless World
1(25)
2. Where Have All The Jobs Gone?
26(13)
3. Weightless Work
39(24)
4. Nourishing the Grass Roots
63(26)
5. Fear of Flexibility
89(33)
6. The End of Welfare
122(25)
7. The Ageing of Nations
147(19)
8. Globalism and Globaloney
166(26)
9. Visible and Invisible Cities
192(20)
10. Weightless Government
212(26)
Bibliography 238(5)
Index 243

What People are Saying About This

Paul Krugman

This is a wonderfully refreshing read. You've heard the standardstories—the gee-whiz optimism of the technophiles, the pessimism of theneo-luddites. Coyle offers something completely different. Each chapteroffers a novel, often unsettling perspective about the future. For sure shewill turn out to be wrong about some things—but no matter. This is one ofthose rare books that force your thoughts out of their usual grooves.

Endorsement

This is a wonderfully refreshing read. You've heard the standardstories—the gee-whiz optimism of the technophiles, the pessimism of theneo-luddites. Coyle offers something completely different. Each chapteroffers a novel, often unsettling perspective about the future. For sure shewill turn out to be wrong about some things—but no matter. This is one ofthose rare books that force your thoughts out of their usual grooves.

Paul Krugman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, authorof Pop Internationalism and The Age of Diminished Expectations

From the Publisher

This is a wonderfully refreshing read. You've heard the standardstories—the gee-whiz optimism of the technophiles, the pessimism of theneo-luddites. Coyle offers something completely different. Each chapteroffers a novel, often unsettling perspective about the future. For sure shewill turn out to be wrong about some things—but no matter. This is one ofthose rare books that force your thoughts out of their usual grooves.

Paul Krugman , Massachusetts Institute of Technology, authorof Pop Internationalism and The Age of Diminished Expectations

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