[OPE-L:2356] Global money, capital restructuring and the changing patterns of , labour

From: Gerald Levy (glevy@PRATT.EDU)
Date: Sat Feb 12 2000 - 12:56:17 EST


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Here's some more information about the book that Riccardo mentioned in
[OPE-L:2354].

In solidarity, Jerry

PS to Claus: Riccardo's name has 2 c's. He's kind of sensitive about
that point -- especially on this list.

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Riccardo Bellofiore (ed.), Global money, capital restructuring and
the changing patterns of labour, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham UK,
1999.

The last two decades have seen a radical weakening in the
conditions of the working class, together with a change of the
international economy.
The implementation of new productive techniques and new
methods in the organisation of labour went alongside with the
increasing relevance of financial capital, the search for new
markets in new areas, and an extended diffusion of the capitalist
relation. Nowadays, these changes are discussed as if we are
entering a new phase where the 'globalisation' of economic
activities is fully achieved, where 'post-Fordist' regulation has
overcome the crisis of Keynesian capitalism, and where the
dominant tendency is towards the 'end of work'. This volume
recollects the proceedings of a conference promoted in Bergamo
by the local Department of Economics and Fiom-Cgil (the left
Italian trade union of metal-workers) in december 1997, where an
alternative reading of contemporary capitalism has been sketched.
The current internationalization is not a structure, but a
contradictory process; new patterns in the division of labour have
helped to increase the pressure over effort, while they have not
been able to definitely supersede fordism; the slow growth of
aggregate demand, due to neoliberal economic policies, are crucial
in explaining unemployment and the fragmentation of labour. The
authors of the papers included in the volume are: Giovanna Altieri,
Riccardo Bellofiore, Suzanne de Brunhoff, Guglielmo Carchedi,
Sergio Cesaratto-Franklyn Serrano-Antonella Stirati,
Carl Dassbach, GÚrard DumÚnil-Dominique LÚvy, Joseph Halevi,
Mike Parker, Michael Perelman, Hugo Radice, Vittorio Rieser,
Vittorio Valli.
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