Industry and Society in Europe examines changes in industrial organization in Britain, Germany and France from the perspectives of economic sociology and political economy.
This important new textbook presents a systematic, comparative analysis of recent processes of industrial and social change in these societies and assesses the contribution each country will make to the emerging European social and economic entity. Written in an accessible, jargon-free style, the book covers a wide range of highly topical themes, including the finance-industry nexus, corporate restructuring, the impact of globalization, the role of small and medium-sized firms, state - industry relations and new developments in work organization and industrial relations.
Introducing a sociological perspective to the study of business and economic life, Christel Lane critically engages with some of the main theories in the field including flexible specialization, regulation theory and the new institutionalism in sociology.
Christel Lane, Lecturer in Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge and Fellow, St John's College, Cambridge, UK
Contents: Introduction 1. Theories of Industrial Organization and Change 2. Industrial Development in Historical Perspective 3. The Relations Between Financial and Industrial Capital 4. The Restructuring of Large Firms: Towards neo- or Post-Fordism? 5. Internationalization or Globalization of Large Firms? 6. The Small Business Sector: Source of Economic Generation or Victim of Economic Transformation 7. The Transformation of Industrial Relations 8. Changing Patterns of Production Organization: Towards Neo-or Post-Fordism? 9. Industrial Change and the State: Dis-Engagement of Re-Engagement? Conclusion