© 1992

Fordism and Flexibility

Divisions and Change

  • Nigel Gilbert
  • Roger Burrows
  • Anna Pollert

Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-xii
  2. Introduction: Fordism, Post-Fordism and Economic Flexibility

    1. Roger Burrows, Nigel Gilbert, Anna Pollert
      Pages 1-9
  3. Historical and Theoretical Critiques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Simon Clarke
      Pages 13-30
  4. Locality Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Al Rainnie, David Kraithman
      Pages 49-65
  5. Industrial Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Tony Elger, Peter Fairbrother
      Pages 89-106
  6. New Patterns of Employment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Bernard Casey, Frank Laczko
      Pages 137-153
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 186-208

About this book


During the 1980s there were profound changes in the labour process towards the 'flexible worker' and in the labour market towards a 'flexible workforce'. Three approaches to explain these changes provide the focus for this book: Marxist regulation theory; the notion of flexible specialisation associated with the 'new' institutional economics; and the model of the flexible firm derived from managerialist literature. In the book, the claims made by these approaches are investigated and their implications are examined in relation to emerging patterns of work in advanced societies.


employment gender Information Technology (IT) institutional economics labor market labour market organization technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Nigel Gilbert
    • 1
  • Roger Burrows
    • 2
  • Anna Pollert
    • 3
  1. 1.University of SurreyUK
  2. 2.School of Human StudiesUniversity of TeessideUK
  3. 3.Industrial Relations UnitUniversity of WarwickUK

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