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Competing Capitalisms: Institutions And Economies

Competing Capitalisms: Institutions And Economies

Richard Whitley

Edited by Richard Whitley, Professor of Organisational Sociology, University of Manchester, UK

Two volume set 2002 1,096 pp Hardback 978 1 84064 749 5

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Series: Critical Studies in Economic Institutions series






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‘Competing Capitalisms is a superb collection of many of the most important articles of the last decade on the varieties of capitalism across regions of the industrialized world. Analytically informed, it provides the reader with insights into the sources of both stability and change while recognizing that diversity, if not divergence, is likely to continue to characterize contemporary capitalism.’
– Peter Lange, Duke University, US

This authoritative collection brings together the leading contributions to the comparative study of forms of capitalism. An introductory essay presents the context in which these contributions developed, discusses the major issues raised by such comparative work, and suggests likely future developments.

Topics include the major theoretical issues involved in analysing different kinds of market economies; the key frameworks for comparing systems of economic organisation, both historically and between societies; the analysis of the distinctive varieties of industrial capitalism that have developed in the Anglo-Saxon countries, Continental Europe and East Asia and studies of globalisation and the connections between types of market economies and varying forms of economic performance, particularly in terms of sectoral development and technical change.

Contents
29 articles, dating from 1980 to 2000 Contributors include: R. Boyer, M. Granovetter, G.G. Hamilton, J.R. Hollingsworth, P.H. Kristensen, G. Morgan, S. Quack, A. Sorge, D. Soskice, W. Streeck

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‘Competing Capitalisms is a superb collection of many of the most important articles of the last decade on the varieties of capitalism across regions of the industrialized world. Analytically informed, it provides the reader with insights into the sources of both stability and change while recognizing that diversity, if not divergence, is likely to continue to characterize contemporary capitalism.’
– Peter Lange, Duke University, US

This authoritative collection brings together the leading contributions to the comparative study of forms of capitalism. An introductory essay presents the context in which these contributions developed, discusses the major issues raised by such comparative work, and suggests likely future developments.

Topics include the major theoretical issues involved in analysing different kinds of market economies; the key frameworks for comparing systems of economic organisation, both historically and between societies; the analysis of the distinctive varieties of industrial capitalism that have developed in the Anglo-Saxon countries, Continental Europe and East Asia and studies of globalisation and the connections between types of market economies and varying forms of economic performance, particularly in terms of sectoral development and technical change.

The collection will be an indispensable reference source and will improve access to important papers that may not be available in many libraries.

Full table of contents

Contents:

Volume I
Acknowledgements
Introduction The Institutional Structuring of Market Economies Richard Whitley

PART I THEORETICAL ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES
1. Gary G. Hamilton and Robert C. Feenstra (1995), ‘Varieties of Hierarchies and Markets: An Introduction’
2. Mark Granovetter (1985), ‘Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness’
3. J. Rogers Hollingsworth and Robert Boyer (1997), ‘Coordination of Economic Actors and Social Systems of Production’
PART II CONTRASTING FORMS OF CAPITALISM
4. David Soskice (1999), ‘Divergent Production Regimes: Coordinated and Uncoordinated Market Economies in the 1980s and 1990s’
5. Richard Whitley (1999), ‘The Nature of Business Systems and their Institutional Structuring’
6. William Lazonick (1991), ‘Institutional Foundations of Industrial Dominance and Decline’
7. Paul Hirst and Jonathan Zeitlin (1991), ‘Flexible Specialization Versus Post-Fordism: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications’
PART III NATIONAL AND REGIONAL CAPITALISMS – ANGLO-SAXON
8. J. Rogers Hollingsworth (1991), ‘The Logic of Coordinating American Manufacturing Sectors’
9. Neil Fligstein (1991), ‘The Structural Transformation of American Industry: An Institutional Account of the Causes of Diversification in the Largest Firms, 1919–1979’
10. Leslie Hannah (1980), ‘Visible and Invisible Hands in Great Britain’
PART IV NATIONAL AND REGIONAL CAPITALISMS - CONTINENTAL EUROPE
11. Marc Maurice, Arndt Sorge and Malcolm Warner (1980), ‘Societal Differences in Organizing Manufacturing Units: A Comparison of France, West Germany, and Great Britain’
12. Wolfgang Streeck (1997), ‘German Capitalism: Does it Exist? Can it Survive?’
13. Gary Herrigel (1993), ‘Large Firms, Small Firms, and the Governance of Flexible Specialization: The Case of Baden Württemberg and Socialized Risk’
14. Peer Hull Kristensen (1996), ‘On the Constitution of Economic Actors in Denmark: Interacting Skill Containers and Project Coordinators’
15. Robert Boyer (1997), ‘French Statism at the Crossroads’
16. Carlo Trigilia (1990), ‘Work and Politics in the Third Italy’s Industrial Districts’
Name Index

Volume II
Acknowledgements
An introduction by the editor to both volumes appears in Volume I
PART I NATIONAL AND REGIONAL CAPITALISMS – EAST ASIAN
1. Gary G. Hamilton and Nicole Woolsey Biggart (1988), ‘Market, Culture, and Authority: A Comparative Analysis of Management and Organization in the Far East’
2. Richard D. Whitley (1991), ‘The Social Construction of Business Systems in East Asia’
3. D. Eleanor Westney (1996), ‘The Japanese Business System: Key Features and Prospects for Changes’
4. David L. Wank (1999), ‘Producing Property Rights: Strategies, Networks, and Efficiency in Urban China’s Nonstate Firms’
5. Linda Y.C. Lim (1996), ‘The Evolution of Southeast Asian Business Systems’
PART II GLOBALIZATION, CHANGE AND PERFORMANCE
6. Robert Boyer (1996), ‘The Convergence Hypothesis Revisited: Globalization but Still the Century of Nations?’
7. Lane Kenworthy (1997), ‘Globalization and Economic Convergence’
8. Paul N. Doremus, William W. Keller, Louis W. Pauly and Simon Reich (1998), ‘The Strategic Behavior of MNCs’
9. Richard Whitley (1998), ‘Internationalization and Varieties of Capitalism: The Limited Effects of Cross-national Coordination of Economic Activities on the Nature of Business Systems’
10. Arndt Sorge (1991), ‘Strategic Fit and the Societal Effect: Interpreting Cross-National Comparisons of Technology, Organization and Human Resources’
11. J. Rogers Hollingsworth and Wolfgang Streeck (1994), ‘Countries and Sectors: Concluding Remarks on Performance, Convergence, and Competitiveness’
12. Steven Casper (2000), ‘Institutional Adaptiveness, Technology Policy, and the Diffusion of New Business Models: The Case of German Biotechnology’
13. Sigrid Quack and Glenn Morgan (2000), ‘Institutions, Sector Specialisation and Economic Performance Outcomes’
Name Index



 
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