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The past decade has witnessed growing research interest in the organization of work and of industry. Although increases in international trade and competition have had some- thing to do with this research trend, a more important factor has been the emergence of new conceptual apparatuses. Much of the recent research works out of a more microanalytic, comparative institutional, and interdisciplinary orientation than was previously employed. Both sociologists and economists have contributed to this development. Work and Industry serves notice of the changes to which I refer and helps further to transform the dialogue. The authors survey and critically assess an enormous literature. Although the sociology literature is understand- ably featured, Kalleberg and Berg draw also on the relevant studies in economics and political science, and introduce observations both from the law and from research on comparative systems. The result is an important book with lasting significance.
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trade, economy, politics