Cambridge: MIT Press (1985)
AbstractShould the Western democracies, contrary to their prevailing self-image as "planned" and "managed," be seen as highly disorganized systems of social power and political authority? If so, what are the symptoms, consequences of, and possible remedies for these disorganizing tendencies?In these ten essays, Claus Offe seeks to answer such questions. Moving beyond the boundaries of both Marxism and established forms of political sociology, he focuses on the growth of serious divisions within the work force, the importance of the "informal" sector, the severe difficulties faced by trade unions in coping with the present economic crisis, the vulnerability of neocorporatist mechanisms, and the failures of state policymaking based on either majority rule or bureaucratic administration.In examining these and other fundamental problems of advanced capitalist democracies, Offe also contests some widely held assumptions of contemporary social science. He calls into question the neutrality of liberal democratic mechanisms of participation and representation, the centrality of the category of work and the division between labor and capital, and the feasibility and desirability of full employment.Claus Offe is the author of numerous books and essays, including Contradictions of the Welfare State. He is currently Professor of Political Science and Sociology in the Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, West Germany. John Keane is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Sociology at the Polytechnic of Central London. Disorganized Capitalism is included in the series, Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy
Similar books and articles
“New Slavery” Within the Context of the Contemporary Transformations of Capitalism.Fouad Kalouche - 2007 - International Studies in Philosophy 39 (2):73-96.
Review of Richard Sennett, The Culture of the New Capitalism. [REVIEW]Marco Solinas - 2009 - Humana Mente 3 (10):151-153.
Capitalism and the Science of History: Appleby, Marx, and Postmodernism.Patrick D. Anderson - unknown
Disorganized Attachment and Reproductive Strategies.Andrew J. Lewis & Gregory Tooley - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (1):35-36.
Relativistic Transformations of Thermodynamic Quantities.Noam Agmon - 1977 - Foundations of Physics 7 (5-6):331-339.
Rethink Contemporary Anti-Globalization.Shifa Zhao - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 50:913-921.
Recognition, Work, Politics: New Directions in French Critical Theory.Jean-Philippe Dr Deranty, Danielle Petherbridge, J. Rundell & Robert Sinnerbrink (eds.) - 2007 - Brill.
The Politics of Imagination and the Public Role of Religion.Chiara Bottici - 2009 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (8):985-1005.
Chapter Two On Community, Institutions and Politics in the Life and Work of Robert Erickson John MacKay.John MacKay - 2007 - In John Wall (ed.), Music, Metamorphosis and Capitalism: Self, Poetics and Politics. Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 18.
Anti-Politics and the Spirit of Capitalism: Dissidents, Monetarists, and the Czech Transition to Capitalism. [REVIEW]Gil Eyal - 2000 - Theory and Society 29 (1):49-92.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
Dispossessing Academics: The Shift to ‘Appropriation’ in the Governing of Academic Life.John Welsh - 2020 - European Journal of Social Theory 23 (3):350-369.
Liberal Democracy in the Global Era: Implications for the Agro-Food Sector. [REVIEW]Alessandro Bonanno - 1998 - Agriculture and Human Values 15 (3):223-242.
Agricultural Policies and the Capitalist State.Alessandro Bonanno - 1987 - Agriculture and Human Values 4 (2-3):40-46.
The Restructuring of the Agricultural and Food System: Social and Economic Equity in the Reshaping of the Agrarian Question and the Food Question. [REVIEW]Alessandro Bonanno - 1991 - Agriculture and Human Values 8 (4):72-82.
Transformations in Academic Production: Content, Context and Consequence.Tim May - 2005 - European Journal of Social Theory 8 (2):193-209.
References found in this work
No references found.