Nelson Lichtenstein

in Workers Across the Americas

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731633
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894420 | DOI:

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As a locus for working-class demands, protections, and civic participation, the modern state may be undergoing a dramatic thinning process as transnational corporations become increasingly detached from and subversive of the traditional exercise of state regulatory power. Indeed, the rise of a system of global supply chains, with their multilayered sets of factories, vendors, and transport links, has created a world system in which legal ownership of the forces of production has been divorced from operational control. This thinning of state capacity in the twenty-first century returns us to a world that nineteenth-century observers would find quite familiar, when political boundaries and economic regimes did not necessarily coincide, and the labor movement searched for a mechanism by which standards, rights, and political voice might be exercised in a world economy that was both highly integrated and poorly regulated.

Keywords: regulation; states; labor; transnational

Chapter.  3166 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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