This text is part of a series of five volumes which offers a comprehensive overview of the regulation approach to capitalism and its crisis-tendencies. Edited by a major British contributor to the approach, the volumes contain not only key theoretical and empirical works from French regulationists but also representative work from other regulation schools and scholars. They also feature major critiques of the approach. Topics covered throughout the series include regulationist approaches to the labour process, accumulation regimes (especially Fordism and post-Fordism), modes of social regulation, forms of state intervention, and the crisis tendencies of capitalism. Contributions cover different periods and different countries as well as different sectors and the changing global economy as a whole. The set includes both pioneer works and theoretical innovations and also explores the links between regulationism and other approaches, such as institutionalism, radical geography, critical discourse analysis, and feminism. The contributors include M. Aglietta, R. Boyer, R. Brenner, J. Jenson and L. McDowell.
Part 1 The Grenoble School: on a Marxist theory of regulation, Gerard Destanne de Bernis; propositions for an analysis of the crisis, Gerard Destanne de Bernis. Part 2 Social structures of accumulation: stages of accumulation and long economic cycles, David M. Gordon; social structure of accumulation theory - retrospect and prospect, Michael Reich. Part 3 The Amsterdam School: ruling classes, hegemony, and the state system - theoretical and historical considerations, Kees van der Pijl; British capitalism at the crossroads, Henk Overbeek. Part 4 The German regulation approach: regulation theory and historical-materialistic social theory - remarks on a shaky yet necessary relationship, Joachim Hirsch; the crisis of Fordism and the dimensions of a "Post-Fordist" regional and urban structure, Josef Esser and Joachim Hirsch; political regulation - the crisis of Fordism and the transformation of the party system in West Germany, Juergen Haeusler and Joachim Hirsch. Part 5 Nordic models: Nordic economic policies in the 1970s and 1980s, Lars Mjoset; the Nordic model never existed, but does it have a future?, Lars Mjoset. Part 6 Commentaries and critiques: regulation theories in retrospect and prospect, Bob Jessop; a comparative analysis of the theory of regulation and the social structure of accumulation theory, David M. Kotz; Aglietta in England - Bob Jessop's contribution to the regulation approach, Werner Bonefeld; Werner in "Wunderland", or notes on a Marxism beyond pessimism and false optimism, Colin Hay; competing theories of postwar growth and change, Michael J. Webber and David L. Rigby.