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Hardcover | $7.75 Short | £6.95 | 174 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 2 figures, 3 tables | October 2012 | ISBN: 9780262018241
eBook | $21.00 Short | October 2012 | ISBN: 9780262306294
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Economy in Society

Essays in Honor of Michael J. Piore
Edited by Paul Osterman


In Economy in Society, five prominent social scientists honor Michael J. Piore in original essays that explore key topics in Piore’s work and make significant independent contributions in their own right. Piore is distinctive for his original research that explores the interaction of social, political, and economic considerations in the labor market and in the economic development of nations and regions. The essays in this volume reflect this rigorous interdisciplinary approach to important social and economic questions.

M. Diane Burton’s essay extends our understanding of internal labor markets by considering the influence of surrounding firms; Natasha Iskander builds on Piore’s theory of immigration with a study of Mexican construction workers in two cities; Suzanne Berger highlights insights from Piore’s work on technology and industrial development; Andrew Schrank takes up the theme of regulatory discretion; and Charles Sabel discusses theories of public bureaucracy.

About the Editor

Paul Osterman is Nanyang Technological University Professor of Human Resources and Management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is coauthor (with Thomas A. Kochan, Richard M. Locke, and Michael J. Piore) of Working in America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market (MIT Press, 2001).


“Michael Piore has made major contributions to our understanding of labor and labor markets over the course of his long and illustrious career. The chapters in this volume represent authoritative statements about many of these topics. This valuable book both honors Piore and extends the discussion of these important issues in significant ways.”
Arne L. Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“This book demonstrates the lasting influence Michael Piore has had on a generation of institutional labor economists and scholars who study work. The original essays in this volume successfully extend his research into a diverse set of topics (immigration, industrial clusters, production systems, and approaches to regulation) that help us better understand our current chaotic and changing economy. It will be valuable reading for those interested in labor markets and organizations from a broader and more interdisciplinary perspective.”
Peter Berg, Michigan State University