1st Edition

International Capitalism and Industrial Restructuring A Critical Analysis

Edited By Richard Peet Copyright 1987
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1987, International Capitalism and Industrial Restructuring counters the idea that industrial restructuring is a relatively problem-free stage in the evolution to a post-industrial society. The editor argues that the permanent loss of eight million manufacturing jobs in the advanced industrial countries over the past ten years has had extremely serious effects on people, economies, and societies, and that it is a major cause of economic recession. The six million jobs gained in the newly industrializing countries pay low wages, expose workers to hazards, destroy local cultures, and fail in generating integrated development for the Third World.

    Many outstanding articles are included, drawn from a wide variety of radical journals, with introductions that set the scene and pose challenging questions. All students and researchers concerned with industrial restructuring in the capitalist world will find the book valuable as a radical critique of widespread current economic problems.

    1. Introduction  Part I: Industrial change and economic crisis  2. Industrial restructuring and the crisis of international capitalism  Part II: Problems of decline in advanced capitalist countries  3. Introduction  4. The geography of class struggle and the relocation of United States manufacturing industry  5. The impact of private disinvestment on workers and their communities  6. The shape of things to come   Part III: Contradictions of growth in advanced capitalist countries  7. Introduction  8. Blue-sky management: the Kawasaki story  9. Industrial restructuring: an analysis of social and spatial change in Los Angeles  Part IV: Disorganic development in peripheral countries  10. Introduction  11. Imperialism and disorganic development in the silicone age  12. Women in the global factory  13. Export-led industrialization in the Third World: manufacturing imperialism  Part V: Industrial policy reexamined  14. Introduction  15. Facing Leviathan: public policy and global capitalism  16. Bringing the Third World home  17. Free trade zones in Southeast Asia  18. Conclusion: restructuring control over industrial development  Part VI: Conclusion: the transformation of international capitalism  19. Global crisis and transformation


    Richard Peet retired as Professor of Human Geography from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, USA. He was the Editor of the radical geography journal, Antipode, from 1970 to 1985 and Co-Editor of Economic Geography between 1992 and 1998.