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Theoretical Contexts and Conceptual Frames for the Study of Twenty-First Century Capitalisms

Peer Hull Kristensen and Glenn Morgan

in Capitalisms and Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694761
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694761.003.0002
Theoretical Contexts and Conceptual Frames for the Study of Twenty-First Century Capitalisms

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This chapter argues that the comparative institutionalist approach requires rethinking in the light of developments in the twenty-first century. The chapter emphasizes the following features of the new environment: first, the rise of the BRIC and the emerging economies; secondly, the changed international regime in which the US is increasingly less hegemonic; thirdly, the financial crisis of 2008 and its impact on the US and other economies; fourthly, the continued decline of the Chandlerian, Fordist form of organization. The chapter argues that this requires a greater emphasis on first, the interaction between actors and institutions; secondly, the diversity of forms of economic coordination and governance; and thirdly, the variety of forms of state in the current period and in particular the variable ways in which they relate to firms and economic development.

Keywords: capitalism; institutions; varieties of capitalism; globalization; states; multinationals

Chapter.  15071 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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