Pathways to Industrialization and Regional Development

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The world has witnessed a shift in socio-economic relations and in the patterns and processes of industrialization and regional development. The paradigm of mass production has been replaced by radically new forms of organizing industrial production. The world's map of industrial growth and competitiveness has been dramatically altered by these developments: managerial practices have been overturned in many places; the institutional arrangements between unions and firms have given way; and a series of concentrated new industrial core regions of the world centers of flexible, learning-based production have arisen.

Pathways to Industrialization and Regional Development gathers the principal theoreticians concerned with these issues from a range of disciplines and countries in which these matters have most powerfully emerged. Focusing upon the interactions between economic logic and political institutions at both the local and global levels, the contributors map out the possible pathways to industrial and regional development in the 1990s.

An integrated collection of interdisciplinary writings by major academic figures world-wide, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of economics, geography, development and urban studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415087520
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/17/1992
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Notes on contributors
Pt. I Introduction
1 Industrialization and Regional Development 3
Pt. II A new period in capitalist development?
2 Fordist and Post-Fordist International Division of Labor and Monetary Regimes 21
3 Fordism and Post-Fordism: A Critical Reformulation 46
4 Flexible Specialization Versus Post-Fordism: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Implications 70
5 The Japanese Model of Post-Fordism 116
Pt. III New technologies and the organization of industrial production
6 The Revitalization of Mass Production in the Computer Age 137
7 Technological Trajectories and the Classical Revival in Economics 157
8 The Structure of Industrial Production and the Boundaries Between Firms and Markets 171
Pt. IV The territorial foundations of production systems
9 Trust, Community, and Cooperation: Toward a Theory of Industrial Districts 195
10 A Reexamination of the Italian Model of Flexible Production from a Comparative Point of View 205
11 Industrial Development and Local Industrial Systems in Postwar France 216
12 Localized Industrial Systems in France: A Particular Type of Industrial System 230
Pt. V The incorporation of labor
13 Alternative Routes to Labor Flexibility 255
14 Labor Conventions, Economic Fluctuations, and Flexibility 276
Pt. VI Collective order and industrial policy in post-Fordism
15 Levels of Policy and the Nature of Post-Fordist Competition 303
16 Divergent Patterns of Business Organization in Silicon Valley 316
17 Conceptual Fallacies and Open Questions on Post-Fordism 332
Notes and bibliographies 349
Index 402
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