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Title: The political and social theory of 'flexible specialization' : a critical analysis
Author: Evans, David J.
ISNI:       0000 0001 2415 4213
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1995
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This thesis examines the contribution to social and political theory of the flexible specialization research programme (henceforth FSRP). It explores systematically the sociological and political underpinnings of this research programme, with a view to critically explicating its understanding of industrialisation and industrial transformations in the contemporary world. While examining the unity in diversity of the various researchers working with the FSRP it also contrasts the FSRP with other cognate research programmes (regulatory theory, post-Fordism, flexible accumulation, etc). The thesis explores further the FSRP and its relationship with political transformations, defined in the broadest sense to include meta-theoretical reflections on meaning of the political in the FSRP, the transformation in industrial relations, the trend toward economic and social dualism, polarisation, marginalisation and segmentation and the meaning of locality, industrial districts and regionalism in the FSRP. The thesis is sympathetic to the FSRP and views it as a progressively developing one (in both a political and epistemological sense) but is nevertheless critical of some of its foundational assumptions and policy prescriptions As a research programme that is still developing in a cumulative direction this thesis can only claim to be provisional in its problématisations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HD Industries. Land use. Labor