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Rethinking country effects: robotics, AI and work futures in Norway and the UK

Lloyd, Caroline ORCID: and Payne, Jonathan 2019. Rethinking country effects: robotics, AI and work futures in Norway and the UK. New Technology, Work and Employment 34 (3) , pp. 208-225. 10.1111/ntwe.12149

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Current debates around robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are dominated by concerns over the threat to employment, amid widely varying estimates of potential job losses. Countries are expected to fare differently, but there is little comparative research that goes beyond analysing industry and occupational structures. This article rethinks ‘country effects’ by exploring the role of institutions and social actors in shaping technological change in Norway and the UK. Drawing upon interviews with technology experts, employer associations and trade unions, it examines their perspectives on public policy support for the development and diffusion of robotics and AI, along with potential consequences for employment, work and skills. The research indicates significant country differences and the continued relevance of institutions, interests and power in analysing country effects.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0268-1072
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 September 2019
Date of Acceptance: 26 July 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 03:50

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