Long Waves and the Dialectic of Innovations and Conflicts

  • Pierre Dockès
  • Bernard Rosier

Abstract

Schumpeter (1912) argued that economic innovation is at the heart of capitalist development, being inseparable from the accumulation process, and the entrepreneur-innovator plays a decisive role in the process. The object of this chapter is to indicate how this logic should be generalised to other kinds of innovations and prompt us to ask basic questions about their origin. This leads us to view innovations as we are defining them in their relation to social conflicts in the multiple ways in which they structure social relations and social practices. Hence emerges the dialectic of innovations and conflicts.

Keywords

Depression Europe Coherence Assimilation Social Stratification 

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  • Pierre Dockès
  • Bernard Rosier

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