Post-Fordism: A Reader by Ash Amin

By Ash Amin

Half research of up to date switch and half imaginative and prescient of the long run, post-Fordism lends its identify to a suite of hard, crucial and arguable debates over the character of capitalism's most modern age. This ebook offers a good creation to those debates and their far-reaching implications, and comprises key texts through post-Fordism's significant theorists and commentators.

Chapter 1 Post?Fordism: types, Fantasies and Phantoms of Transition (pages 1–39): Ash Amin
Chapter 2 difficult Out the Post?Fordist Debate: expertise, Markets and associations (pages 43–70): Mark Elam
Chapter three The quandary of Fordism and the size of a ‘Post?Fordist’ neighborhood and concrete constitution (pages 71–97): Josef Esser and Joachim Hirsch
Chapter four versatile Specialisation and the Re?Emergence of neighborhood Economies (pages 101–156): Charles F. Sabel
Chapter five a brand new Paradigm of labor association and expertise? (pages 157–194): John Tomaney
Chapter 6 The Transition to versatile Specialisation within the US movie undefined: exterior Economies, the department of Labour and the Crossing of commercial Divides (pages 195–226): Michael Storper
Chapter 7 Competing Structural and Institutional affects at the Geography of creation in Europe (pages 227–248): Ash Amin and Anders Malmberg
Chapter eight Post?Fordism and the nation (pages 251–279): Bob Jessop
Chapter nine trying to find a brand new Institutional repair: The After?Fordist quandary and the Global?Local ailment (pages 280–315): Jamie Peck and Adam Tickell
Chapter 10 Post?Fordist urban Politics (pages 316–337): Margit Mayer
Chapter eleven Post?Fordism and Democracy (pages 338–357): Alain Lipietz
Chapter 12 versatile Accumulation via Urbanization: Reflections on ‘Post?Modernism’ within the American urban (pages 361–386): David Harvey
Chapter thirteen urban Cultures and Post?Modern life (pages 387–408): Mike Featherstone
Chapter 14 The fort urban: Privatized areas, customer Citizenship (pages 409–427): Susan Christopherson

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1991) Crisis of theory in contemporary social sciences. In W. Bonefeld and J. Holloway (eds), Post-Fordism and Social Form. London: Macmillan. Rainnie, A. (1993) The reorganisation of large firm subcontracting: myth and reality? Capital and Class, 49, 53-75. Roobeek, A. (1987) The crisis of Fordism and the rise of a new technological paradigm. Futures, April, 129-54. Rustin, M. (1989) The politics of post-Fordism: or, the trouble with ‘New Times’. New Lgt Review, 175, 54-78. Sabel, C. (1982) Work and Politics: the Division of Labour in Industry.

But within the approach, there remain strong differences of opinion as regards the characteristics and geography of a post-Fordist mode of regulation. The differences crystallize around discussions on the state, and are well illustrated by the positions taken by Jessop, Peck and Tickell, and Mayer in this reader. Jessop posits the transition from a Keynesian welfare state to a ‘Schumpeterian workfare state’ which will be governed by the aim ‘to promote product, process, organizational, and market innovation in open economies’ (hence Schumpeterian) and 28 Ash Amin ‘to subordinate social policy to the needs of labour market flexibility and/or the constraints of international competition’ (hence workfare).

The latter concept displays a certain complacence as regards the status quo, while the former demands urgent corrective action to restore social justice and social citizenship in our cities (Harvey, 1992). Like the other themes of post-Fordist transition discussed in this book, here too the future is contested. The differences in perspective will need to be debated, questioned and tested against contemporary developments. Ultimately, perhaps only time and the forces of history will reveal the true phantoms and fantasies of post-Fordism.

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