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Services in Economic Thought : Three Centuries of Debate - Aaart R. Heesterman

Services in Economic Thought

Three Centuries of Debate

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1992
ISBN: 9780792392309
Number Of Pages: 130

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Services today account for a major share of employment and national product in the U. S. , with the employment share up from 57 percent immediately post-war to well over 70 percent today (if communications, utilities and transportation are included). This transformation (which is also occurring with varying lags in the othereconomically advanced economies) is driven by a variety of forces : by changes in consumer demand, by the rising demand for health and educational services, by new ways in which businesses are organized and the increasing importance ofcertain functions (e. g. new demands for monitoring, financing, sales promotion, and responding to regulatory agencies), and, closely related, by the continuing advances in electronic technology. Moreover, these multiple transformations have been accompanied by changes in the way work is carried out (e. g. the dramatic increases in the utilization of white collar workers, particularly professionals and managers, and the employment of women and educated workers), and by shifts in the location of work and of the population (e. g. rising importance of key cities within the urban system and of suburbs generally). The role of services in modem capitalistic economies is not yet integrated into the body of economic theory, although the need for such integration, especially as regards theories ofgrowth, market structure, and pricing, is critical. Some economists and sociologists, however, have since the days of Adam Smith, dealt with certain aspects of the role of services.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Classical Doctrine on Servicesp. 7
Marx: Standard Theory and Potential Directionsp. 31
All is Productive, All is Servicep. 57
The Tertiary Sector and Post-Industrial Societyp. 75
Service Society Versus Neo-Industrialismp. 103
Author Indexp. 129
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ISBN: 9780792392309
ISBN-10: 0792392302
Series: International Studies in the Service Economy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 130
Published: 30th April 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.86