Industrial Change in the Regions of Europe
This chapter is concerned with new paradigms of work organization in Europe and especially the different regions of Europe. The plethora of terms used to describe the advanced countries in the last two decades — post-modern, post-industrial, post-Fordist — indicates the widespread assumption that, since the mid-1970s, we have entered a new phase of capitalist development. In this chapter we discuss one of the most commonly debated theoretical approaches to post-Fordism, namely, that of the transition from mass production to flexible specialization. Thus, we consider the renaissance of regional economies as sources of economic growth, the reorganization strategies of transnational corporations and the implications for local economies in Spain and the Baden-Wurttemberg region of Germany.
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