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  • Robert Boyer
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‘Régulation’ theory analyses the long-term transformation in capitalist economies and their consequences for growth patterns and cyclical adjustments. The degree of coherence of a specific configuration of the major institutional forms – monetary regime, wage-labour relation, form of competition, state–citizen institutionalized compromise and mode of support of the international regime – defines various accumulation regimes and ‘régulation’ modes. Over one century, several regimes have been observed along with a succession of changing patterns for the related structural crises. The demise of the post-Second World War Fordist regime has been associated with an uncertain process of institutional restructuring and the coexistence of various brands of capitalism.


Adjustment Accumulation regimes Capitalism Coevolution Complementarity Credit Diffusion of technology Fine tuning Fordism Hierarchy Historicism Information technology Institutionalism Isomorphism Kalecki, M. Keynesianism Marxism Mass production régulation Stabilization policies Stagflation Welfare state 

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