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Global Restructuring and the Power of Labour

Bill Dunn

Palgrava Macmillan 2004 240 s. ISBN 1403932611
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Bill Dunn considers and contests accounts of globalization and post-Fordism that see structural economic change in the late Twentieth century as having fundamentally worsened the conditions and weakened the potential of labour. Including a comparative survey of restructuring in four major industries; automobiles, construction, microelectronics and finance, the book suggests the timing of change and its complex and contradictory nature undermine structural explanations of labour's situation. It redirects attention towards labour's political defeats and own institutional shortcomings.

Contents PART I: UNDERSTANDINGS OF GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR LABOUR
Introduction
Globalization, Labour and the State
Capital Mobility and the Spatial Dispersal of Labour
Post-Fordism and the Social Dispersal of Labour
PART II: AN INTER-INDUSTRY COMPARISON OF RESTRUCTURING AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR LABOUR
Automobiles
Construction
Semiconductors
Finance
Assessing Global Restructuring and Labour
PART II: CONCLUSIONS
Towards a Strategic Research Agenda
Author BiographiesBILL DUNN has taught International Political Economy at the University of Bristol and Sociology the University of the West of England where he was also awarded his PhD. He has had work published on capital mobility and the experiences of transport and communications workers and on international construction contracting.