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Between Fordism and Flexibility : Automobile Industry and Its Workers - Jonathan Zeitlin

Between Fordism and Flexibility

Automobile Industry and Its Workers

By: Jonathan Zeitlin (Editor), Steven Tolliday (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1992
ISBN: 9780854963126
Number Of Pages: 256

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A survey of the development of the automobile industry from its origins to the present in a perspective informed by current upheavals in markets, technology and work organization. The volume examines the international diffusion of the Fordist model, Fordism being the manufacture of standardized products using special-purpose machinery and unskilled labour. The book goes on to consider how far the recent changes in the industry mark a break with Fordism and draws on the implications for industrial relations and trade union strategy.

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.." an exciting panorama of the history of the world's auto industry labour/management relations ... The quality and breadth of its empirical research makes it near unique." --Business History

List of Contributors
Introduction: Between Fordism and Flexibilityp. 1
The Rise of Fordismp. 27
Management and Labour in Britain 1896-1939p. 29
Management and Labour in France 1914-39p. 57
Management and Labour in Italy 1906-45p. 76
Industrial Relations in the Age of Fordismp. 97
Shop-Floor Bargaining, Contract Unionism and Job Control: An Anglo-American Comparisonp. 99
Reutherism on the Shop Floor: Union Strategy and Shop-Floor Conflict in the USA 1946-70p. 121
The Rise and Fall of Shop-Floor Bargaining at Fiat 1945-80p. 144
Industrial Relations in the Japanese Automobile Industry 1945-70: the Case of Toyotap. 168
Beyond Fordism?p. 191
The Automobile Industry in Transition: Product Market Changes and Firm Strategies in the 1970s and 1980sp. 193
Product and Labour Strategies in Japanp. 224
The New International Division of Labour, Labour Markets and Automobile Production: the Case of Mexicop. 244
New Production Concepts in West German Car Plantsp. 258
Recent Developments in US Auto Labour Relationsp. 282
Labour-Relations Strategy at BL Carsp. 305
Indexp. 328
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ISBN: 9780854963126
ISBN-10: 085496312X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.32  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.45