Work-place: The Social Regulation of Labor Markets

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Guilford Press, 1996 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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This text seeks to construct a conception of the labour market, which is sensitive to the variability in labour market experiences and processes, taking account of the tensions between the global economy and the local organization of labour markets. It considers a complex set of influential factors as educational, political and social factors, which contribute to the complexion of local labour markets.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION PLACES OF WORK
1
Another Place to Start
6
Landscapes of Labor
12
Toward a Spatialized Political Economy
16
MAKING LABOR MARKETS
21
MAKING WORKERS CONTROL REPRODUCTION REGULATION
23
Labor as a Fictive Commodity
24
Incorporating Labor
26
New Industrial Spaces?
132
Contradictions of Labor Market Flexibility
134
Problems of Skill Formation
138
Regulating Local Flexibilities
141
Skill Formation
142
Social Regulation As Local Regulation
147
Local Institutionalization and the Labor Market
148
DOMESTICATING WORK RESTRUCTURING AT WORK RESTRUCTURING AT HOME
153

Allocating Labor
29
Controlling Labor
32
Reproducing Labor
36
Dilemmas of Labor Regulation
40
STRUCTURING THE LABOR MARKET A SEGMENTATION APPROACH
46
Approaches to Dualism
50
SecondGeneration Approaches
53
ThirdGeneration Approaches
56
The Segmentation of Labor Demand
61
The Segmentation of Labor Supply
65
Segmentation and the State
72
Explanation in Segmentation Theories
74
Segmentation and Causality
76
Regulation Institutionalization and Contingency
77
LOCATING THE LOCAL LABOR MARKET SEGMENTATION REGULATION SPACE
83
Beyond Labor Market Cartography
87
to the Center
88
The Local Labor Market as a Conjunctural Structure
90
A Method of Articulation
91
The Local Construction of Labor Markets
94
Institutions and Local Labor Market Regulation
96
Regulation and Space
97
Putting Labor Institutions in Their Place
100
Geographies of Labor Market Governance
106
Reinstating the Local Labor Market
109
PLACING LABOR MARKETS
117
FLEXIBILIZING LABOR INSECURE WORK IN UNSTABLE PLACES
119
Labor Flexibility and Agglomeration
121
New Flexibility?
125
New Segmentation?
129
Spatial Divisions of Labor
155
The Case of Industrial Homework
161
The Reemergence of Homework in Australia
163
The Labor Process and the Labor Market
166
Exploring the Hidden Geographies of Work
174
Structures and Strategies of Restructuring in Urban Labor Markets
175
Contingent Work Contingent Strategies
177
Local Imperatives of Labor Control
179
BUILDING WORKFARE STATES INSTITUTIONS OF LABOR REGULATION
185
Tendencies and Contradictions
190
From Keynesian Welfare
192
to Schumpeterian Workfare
194
The Case of Thatcherism
201
Schumpeterian Workfare at the Local Scale?
206
Radical Thatcherism and the TECs
208
Market Subordination
211
CostSaving and Flexibility
215
Hollowing Out
221
The Workfare State in Crisis
226
LOCALIZING LABOR GEOPOLITICS OF LABOR REGULATION
232
Global Capital versus Local Labor
233
Geographies of Hegemonic Despotism
240
Deadlock in Detroit
242
Toward Workhouse Regions
248
Replacing Labor Regulation
255
LOCAL DIALECTICS OF LABOR
261
REFERENCES
269
INDEX
308
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Jamie Peck is reader in economic geography and member of the International Centre for Labour Studies at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on labor market theory, regional economic restructuring, employment policy evaluation, and the geopolitics of economic governance and social regulation. A research associate of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, his research has been supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the European Science Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund (New York), and the Australian government, while he has consulted to the European Commission, the UK Department of Employment, and numerous local authorities, labor unions, and economic development agencies. He is currently researching the political economy of "welfare reform" on a Harkness Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

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