International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

Global Post-Fordism and Concepts of the State

International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

Volume 4 (1994), pages 11-29

Authors: Alessandro Bonannoa, William H. Friedlandb, Luis Llambic, Terry Marsdend, Manuel Belo Moreirae and Robert Schaefferf
Affiliation: aDepartment of Rural Sciology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA; bDepartment of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA; cVenezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, Caracas, Venezuela; dSchool of Geography and Earth Resources, University of Hull, Hull, UK; eInstituto Superior de Agronomia, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; fDepartment of Environmental Studies, San José State University, San José, CA, USA

ISSN: 0798-1759


Following a review of the literature on the State and some of the basic features of global post-Fordism, it is maintained that global post-Fordism can be synthesized through a set of four dialectical relationships: deregulation/re-regulation, fragmentation/coordination, mobility/embeddedness and empowerment/disempowerment. Moreover, it is argued that: 1) the State in global post-Fordism cannot be thought of exclusively in national terms; 2) its re-conceptualization must entail a transnational dimension; 3) the State cannot be conceptualized exclusively in terms of formal public appearances, agents and agencies; and 4) non-public apparatuses, agents and agencies must be included in the analysis.

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