Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production
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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production

Edited by Kees van der Pijl

This Handbook provides a state-of-the-art overview of the changing world of global production. Chapters cover the geography of why and where jobs are moving in both manufacturing and services. The authors discuss topics relating to the human and natural basis on which production rests, from the consequences of exploitation and marginalization on body and mind, to sex work, biotechnology, and the prospects for ecological re-balancing. This Handbook will appeal to academics at all levels interested in political economy, international studies and politics, as well as trade unionists and NGO activists.
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Chapter 20: Twilight of the machinocrats: creative industries, design and the future of human labour

Alan Freeman


On 13 January 2014, after extensive consultation, the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) released new data for employment and output in the UK’s creative industries (DCMS 2014). These data refined a statistical series first published in 2000 (DCMS 1998; 2001), drawing on an extensive legacy (Deroin 2011) to make DCMS the custodian of a de facto world standard. The ‘intensity’ approach underlying its revisions (Vaizey 2013) was the fruit of a ten-year collaboration between three leading research centres (Bakhshi et al. 2013a), providing the most authoritative indicators yet available for this new economic sector.

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