Americans have always believed that economic growth leads to job growth. In this groundbreaking analysis, Stanley Aronowitz argues that this is no longer true. Just Around the Corner examines the state of the American economy as planned by Democrats and Republicans over the last thirty years. Aronowitz finds that economic growth has become \u0022delinked\u0022 from job creation, and that unemployment and underemployment are a permanent condition of our economy. He traces the historical roots of this state of affairs and sees under the surface of booms and busts a continuum of economic austerity that creates financial windfalls for the rich at the expense of most Americans. Aronowitz also explores the cultural and political processes by which we have come to describe and accept economics in the United States. He concludes by presenting a concrete plan of action that would guarantee employment and living wages for all Americans. With both measured analysis and persuasive reasoning, Just Around the Corner provides an indispensable guide to our current economic predicament and a bold challenge to economists and policymakers.
Stanley Aronowitz is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and editor of Temple University Press's Labor in Crisis series.
PrefaceIntroduction1. How We Got Here: A Snapshot Economic History of America2. The Reagan Revolution, the Clinton "Boom," and the Downsizing of America3. It's the Technology, Stupid4. The Price of Neoliberal Globalization5. A Real Jobs and Income ProgramNotesIndex