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Towards a Schumpeterian Workfare State? Preliminary Remarks on Post-Fordist Political Economy .

Jessop, Bob (1993) Towards a Schumpeterian Workfare State? Preliminary Remarks on Post-Fordist Political Economy . Studies in Political Economy (40). pp. 7-40. ISSN 0707-8552

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    Abstract

    The Keynesian welfare state regimes that emerged during the long postwar boom are widely held to be in terminal decline but there is far less agreement upon the nature of the successor to such regimes. This is too large a topic to be covered in any detail here. Instead I will advance three general and somewhat speculative claims about current changes. First, a tendential shift is under way from the Keynesian welfare state (wherever it came to be established) to the Schumpeterian workfare state; second, national states in advanced capitalist economies are subject to an admittedly uneven three-way 'hollowing out'; and third, both tendencies are related to the transition in western economies from Fordism to post-Fordism. Although clearly linked to the same overall economic dynamic in the third claim, the first two claims can nonetheless be considered independently from each other. Conversely, all three claims could also be condensed into the single audacious aphorism that a 'hollowed-out' Schumpeterian workfare state provides the best possible political shell for post-Fordism. The basic assumptions and ideas involved in all four claims are summarized in this paper's first section. Further sections then contextualize the tendential shifts themselves, outline the mechanisms generating them, and outline three ideal-typical variant forms of the emerging regime. This theoretical work will also help to make the initial claims more concrete and indicate how they might be utilized in further research.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Political Economy
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Schumpeterian Workfare State ; Post-Fordist Political Economy ; The 'Hollowing Out' of the National State
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
    ID Code: 202
    Deposited By: Professor Bob Jessop
    Deposited On: 12 Jun 2006
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:37
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/202

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