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By Nigel Gilbert, Roger Burrows, Anne Pollert

During the Eighties there have been profound alterations within the labour technique in the direction of the 'flexible employee' and within the labour marketplace in the direction of a 'flexible workforce'. 3 ways to give an explanation for those alterations give you the concentration for this e-book: Marxist law concept; the suggestion of versatile specialisation linked to the 'new' institutional economics; and the version of the versatile company derived from managerialist literature. within the e-book, the claims made through those techniques are investigated and their implications are tested on the subject of rising styles of labor in complex societies.

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The peripheral workers, on the other hand, are controlled by the ease with which they can be replaced. My criticism of this argument will be internal, and falls into two parts. I shall initially assume the empirical validity of the post-Fordist account, in the sense that capital is attempting to introduce some such forms. But I shall (a) question the supposed stability and productiveness of these forms: the post-Fordist model is fraught with contradictions and instabilities associated with value relations.

For Aglietta, a 'regime of accumulation' was a social organisation of the accumulation of capital that can help to promote a sustained 'long wave' of accumulation: value and its contradictions were central to this conception. Whatever the inadequacies of Aglietta 's original formulation (Davis, 1978; Clarke, 1988a and this volume), most of the present uses of the notion of a post-Fordist regime of accumulation vulgarise his conception by abstracting from the moment of value. In neglecting a whole domain of potential contradictions, they lend themselves to technical determinism and fatalism: post-Fordism becomes a 'fact', given prior to social action, to which we have to adjust.

18. What in the F---'s Name is Fordism vailed over the institutionalist tradition on its intellectual merits, or on the crest of a wave of Fordist dollars. Fortunately Cochrane's research entirely vindicated the integrity of Sociology, even the 'British Marxist' John H. , p. 134). The methodology of our contemporary theorists of post-Fordism is identical to that of Clark Kerr. Kerr and his associates started off with the hypothesis that all industrial societies shared a common core. However their researches soon showed an enormous variety of institutional forms of industrial society, forcing them to abstract their 'ideal-type' from any correspondence with reality, which they legitimated by distinguishing the universal 'logic of industrialism' from the imperfections of its implementation, determined by historical residues and by the character of the 'industrialising elite'.

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