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The End of Organized Capitalism

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The End of Organized Capitalism

Scott Lash, John Urry

ISBN: 978-0-745-68841-1 April 2014 Polity 248 Pages

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In this thought-provoking new book, Anthony Smith analyses key debates between historians and social scientists on the role of nations and nationalism in history.

In a wide-ranging analysis of the work of historians, sociologists, political scientists and others, he argues that there are three key issues which have shaped debates in this field: first, the nature and origin of nations and nationalism; second, the antiquity or modernity of nations and nationalism; and third, the role of nations and nationalism in historical, and especially recent, social change.

Anthony Smith provides an incisive critique of the debate between modernists, perennialists and primordialists over the origins, development and contemporary significance of nations and nationalism. Drawing on a wide
range of examples from antiquity and the medieval epoch, as well as the modern world, he develops a distinctive ethnosymbolic account of nations and nationalism.

This important book by one of the world’s leading authorities on nationalism and ethnicity will be of particular interest to students and scholars in history, sociology and politics.

Acknowledgements vi

Preface vii

1 Introduction 1

2 The development of organized capitalism (1) 17

Germany: the 'ideal type'? 17

Sweden: from finance capital to social democracy 29

Britain: the Makler economy 42

3 The development of organized capitalism (2) 56

France: dislocation through 'economic forwardness' 56

United States: instrumentalism and progressivism 67

4 Economic change and spatial restructuring (1) 84

Britain 93

The United States 109

5 Economic change and spatial restructuring (2) 124

France 124

Germany 136

Sweden 152

6 The service class: its emergence and some consequences 161

The American service class 163

The service class in Europe 178

7 Industry, finance, politics: modes of disorganization 196

Industrial changes 196

Banks and finance 201

Political changes 209

8 The changing structure of trade-unionism: the end of neo-corporatism? 232

Sweden: the crisis of central bargaining 236

West Germany: co-determination and disorganization 253

France: labour excluded 262

Britain: capitalism's weakest link 269

9 Postmodern culture and disorganized capitalism: some conclusions 285

The social basis of the postmodernist sensibility 285

Capitalist disorganization and politics 300

Notes 314

Index 378