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The architecture of markets : an economic sociology of twenty-first-century capitalist societies

Author: Neil Fligstein
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2001
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work seeks to make sense of modern capitalism by developing a sociological theory of market institutions. Addressing the dynamism that capitalism brings with it, the author argues that the basic drift of any one market and it's actors, even allowing for competition, is toward stabilization.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Fligstein
ISBN: 9780691102542 0691102546 0691005222 9780691005225
OCLC Number: 462948933
Description: 274 s
Contents: List of Tables xi Preface xiii 1. Bringing Sociology Back In 3 A Critique of the E isting Literature in the Sociology of Markets 6 Theoretical Questions for a Sociology of Markets 10 A Political-Cultural Approach 15 Structure of the Book 20 Nor ative Implications of the Political-Cultural Approach to the Sociology of Markets 21 PART I 25 2. Markets as Institutions 27 Market Institutions: Basic Definitions 28 State Building and Market Building 36 Power in Policy Domains and Market Institutions 42 3. The Politics of the Creation of Market Institutions 45 Political Structuring of Labor Market Institutions 53 Policy Domains and Market Regulation in Real Societies 56 Stability and Complexity 59 Implications for Research 62 Conclusion 64 4. The Theory of Fields and the Problem of Market Formation 67 Markets as Fields 67 The Goal of Action in Stable Markets 70 The Proble of Change and Stability in Markets 75 Links between Market For ation and States 86 Some Macro Implications of the Theory of Fields 89 Globalization and Market Processes 94 Conclusion 97 PART II 99 5. The Logic of Employment Systems 101 Employment Systems as Institutional Projects 103 Variations and Transfor ations in Employment Systems 107 The Dynamics of Systems of Employment Relations 108 Insights into Comparative Employment Systems 111 Research Agendas 117 Conclusion 120 6. The Dynamics of U.S. Firms and the Issue of Ownership and Control in the 1970s 123 Review of the Literature 124 Manage ent versus Owner Control 125 Bank Control 126 Market Dynamics and Manage ent Control 128 Hypotheses 130 Data and Methods 132 Results 136 Discussion and Conclusions 144 Appendix A 146 7. The Rise of the Shareholder Value Conception of the Firm and the Merger Movement in the 1980s 147 What Is to Be Explained? 150 Finance Economics 151 Manager, Owner, and Bank Control 153 The Crisis of the Finance Conception of Control and the Rise of the Shareholder Value Conception of Control 155 Hypotheses 157 Data and Methods 158 Results 162 Conclusion 166 8. Corporate Control in Capitalist Societies 170 Economic Theories and Mechanisms 172 Sociological Theories of Control 176 Comparative Cases 181 Conclusion 189 9. Globalization 191 Definitions of Globalization 193 Critique of Globalization Arguments 195 The Slow Expansion and Unevenness of Global Trade 196 Change or Continuity in the Organization of Production? 203 Does Globalization Cause Deindustrialization and Inequality? 206 Politics, Govern ents, and Financial Markets 209 Trade, Competition, Industrial Policy, and the Welfare State 213 Globalization and Neoliberalis as an American Project 220 Conclusion 221 0. Conclusions 223 Two Tales of One Industry 223 Stability and Efficiency 228 Efficiency, Stability, and Equity 231 Conclusion 236 Notes 239 Bibliography 247 Index 269

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