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

Towards a Schumpeterian Workfare State? Preliminary Remarks on Post-Fordist Political Economy Towards a Schumpeterian VVorkfare State? Preliminary Remarks on Post- Fordist Political Economy BOB JESSOP he Keynesian welfare state regimes which emerged during the long postwar boom are widely held to be in terminal decline; but there is far less agree- ment upon the nature of the successor to such regimes. While Tthis is too large a topic to be covered in any detail here, I want to advance three general and somewhat specula- tive claims about current changes. First, a tendential shift is under way from the Keynesian welfare state (wherever it was 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 posited in the third claim, the first two claims can nonetheless be considered independently. 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 as- Studies in Political Economy 40, Spring 1993 Studies in Political Economy sumptions and ideas involved http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Political Economy: A Socialist Review Taylor & Francis

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

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

Studies in Political Economy: A Socialist Review , Volume 40 (1): 33 – Jan 1, 1993

Abstract

Towards a Schumpeterian VVorkfare State? Preliminary Remarks on Post- Fordist Political Economy BOB JESSOP he Keynesian welfare state regimes which emerged during the long postwar boom are widely held to be in terminal decline; but there is far less agree- ment upon the nature of the successor to such regimes. While Tthis is too large a topic to be covered in any detail here, I want to advance three general and somewhat specula- tive claims about current changes. First, a tendential shift is under way from the Keynesian welfare state (wherever it was 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 posited in the third claim, the first two claims can nonetheless be considered independently. 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 as- Studies in Political Economy 40, Spring 1993 Studies in Political Economy sumptions and ideas involved

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Taylor & Francis
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© 1993 Taylor and Francis Group LLC
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1918-7033
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0707-8552
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10.1080/19187033.1993.11675409
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Abstract

Towards a Schumpeterian VVorkfare State? Preliminary Remarks on Post- Fordist Political Economy BOB JESSOP he Keynesian welfare state regimes which emerged during the long postwar boom are widely held to be in terminal decline; but there is far less agree- ment upon the nature of the successor to such regimes. While Tthis is too large a topic to be covered in any detail here, I want to advance three general and somewhat specula- tive claims about current changes. First, a tendential shift is under way from the Keynesian welfare state (wherever it was 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 posited in the third claim, the first two claims can nonetheless be considered independently. 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 as- Studies in Political Economy 40, Spring 1993 Studies in Political Economy sumptions and ideas involved

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Published: Jan 1, 1993

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