This collection of essays looks at recent developments in the crisis theory of capitalist development and relates such theories directly to the current patterns of economic, political, technological and cultural changes associated with societal restructuring in industrialized countries. It brings together contributors from eight different countries and represents the fields of economics, political science, political economy, urban planning and sociology. The relation between crisis and societal restructuring is addressed at four different levels. First, the general level of crisis theory is discussed, and several alternative theoretical approaches are addressed. Second, the international effects of contemporary crisis and restructuring are looked at, involving the relation between the older and newer industrialized countries. Third, the national level is addressed with regard to the restructuring of the welfare state and new forms of class conflict and political participation. Lastly, contributors address socio-spatial restructuring at the local or regional level in response to crisis, especially the restructuring of industrial/urban areas. M.
Gottdeiner's previous works are "Planned Sprawl", "The Social Production of Urban Space", "The Decline of Urban Politics" and he is the editor of "Cities in stress" and co-editor of "The City and the Sign." N. Komninos' books include the three volume "Theory of Urbanity."
List of Figures - List of Tables - Acknowledgements - Notes on the Contributors - Introduction; M.Gottdiener & N.Komninos - PART 1 THEORIES OF LATE CAPITALISM AND CRISIS - An Introduction to a Theory of Crisis Theories; J.O'Connor - Theories of Crisis: An Explanation of the 1974-82 Cycle; E.Mandel - Three Crises: The Metamorphoses of Capitalism and the Labour Movement; A.Lipietz - PART 2 INTERNATIONALISATION OF ACCUMULATION: THE CRISIS OF INTEGRATION, TRADE AND DEBT - The Uncoupling of the World Order: A Survey of Global Crisis Theories; J.Bellamy Foster - Nation-State and European Integration: Structural Problems in the Process of Economic Integration within the European Community; K.Busch - The Problem of Capitalist Development: Theoretical Considerations in View of the Industrial Countries and the New Industrial Countries; J.Milios - Industrialisation, De-industrialisation and Uneven Development: The Case of the Pacific Rim; M.Berry - The Infernal Logic of the Debt Crisis; E.Mandel - - PART 3 CRISIS IN THE MODE OF REGULATION: THE RESTRUCTURING OF THE WELFARE STATE - Economic Crisis and Welfare State Recommodification: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and Britain; D.King - Conservative Regimes and the Transition to Post-Fordism: The Cases of Great Britain and West Germany; B.Jessop - Political Regulation: The Crisis of Fordism and the Transformation of the Party System in West Germany; J.Haeusier & J.Hirsch - PART 4 CAPITALIST RESTRUCTURING AND SPATIAL CHANGE - The Change of Regional Inequality in the Federal Republic of Germany; H.H usermann & T.Kr mer-Badoni - From National to Local: The Janus Face of Crisis; N.Komninos - Crisis Theory and Socio-Spatial Restructuring: The US Case; M.Gottdiener - Financial Crises and the Evolution of Capitalism: The Crash of '87: What Does It Mean?; H.P.Minsky - Index