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Economy in Society

Economy in Society: Essays in Honor of Michael J. Piore

Edited by Paul Osterman
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: MIT Press
Pages: 174
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    Economy in Society
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    In Economy in Society, five prominent social scientists honor Michael J. Piore in original essays that explore key topics in Piore's work and make significant independent contributions in their own right. Piore is distinctive for his original research that explores the interaction of social, political, and economic considerations in the labor market and in the economic development of nations and regions. The essays in this volume reflect this rigorous interdisciplinary approach to important social and economic questions.M. Diane Burton's essay extends our understanding of internal labor markets by considering the influence of surrounding firms; Natasha Iskander builds on Piore's theory of immigration with a study of Mexican construction workers in two cities; Suzanne Berger highlights insights from Piore's work on technology and industrial development; Andrew Schrank takes up the theme of regulatory discretion; and Charles Sabel discusses theories of public bureaucracy.

    eISBN: 978-0-262-30537-2
    Subjects: Economics, Business

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-[vi])
  3. Introduction
    (pp. 1-10)
    Paul Osterman

    In the fall of 2010 a celebration in Boston honored Michael Piore. Students and colleagues spent the day discussing papers and the evening toasting Michael. The breadth of attendance, measured in countries and in disciplines, and level of enthusiasm were testimony to the broad influence Michael has had on individuals and on a wide range of scholarly and policy fields. Many people thanked Michael for mentoring them and inspiring them. This festschrift, which includes the papers delivered that day, represents original and fresh contributions by major scholars on most of the topics that Michael has worked on over his long...

  4. 1 Revisiting Internal Labor Markets
    (pp. 11-42)
    M. Diane Burton

    Since the publication of Doeringer and Piore’s seminal work,Internal Labor Markets and Manpower Analysisin 1971, the idea of internal labor markets has been very useful in helping students of the labor market understand a wide range of employment outcomes (see Osterman and Burton 2005 for a review). But one of the important and enduring contributions of the internal labor market (ILM) perspective is a focus on careers. Instead of studying job matches or wages, careers scholars consider job ladders and wage trajectories. While the initial conception of the ILM perspective was to consider careers within the boundaries of...

  5. 2 Labor Migration and the Potential for Industrial Renewal
    (pp. 43-64)
    Natasha Iskander

    Michael Piore, in his bookBirds of Passage: Migrant Labor and Industrial Societies(Piore 1979), lays out a theory of labor migration and of the integration of migrants into industrial workforces. His central project was to demonstrate that immigrants were not shirts. “Conventional theory treats the market for labor like the market for a shirt or any other commodity that is bought and sold freely and regularly,” notes Piore. “But,” he goes on to caution, “the phenomenon of migration cannot be understood by treating workers like shirts; … the critical factors governing the migration process are the social forces that...

  6. 3 Toward a Third Industrial Divide?
    (pp. 65-88)
    Suzanne Berger

    The Second Industrial Divide: Possibilities for Prosperitywas written in another time of great despair about the future of the American economy. Michael Piore and Charles Sabel described the mid-1980s in terms that seem to fit our own predicament:

    The times are troubled indeed when the good news is almost indistinguishable from the bad. Economic downturns no longer seem mere interruptions in the march to greater prosperity; rather they threaten to destroy the world markets on which economic success has depended since the end of World War II. Meanwhile, upturns avert disaster without solving the problems of unemployment and slow...

  7. 4 A Second Regulatory Divide? Labor Inspection Regimes in Comparative Historical Perspective
    (pp. 89-112)
    Andrew Schrank

    Over the course of his scholarly career, Michael Piore has devoted a good deal of attention to the “street-level bureaucrats” (Lipsky 1980) who are ultimately responsible for the regulation of the labor market. He addressed the decision- making processes of United States immigration authorities inBirds of Passage: Migrant Labor and Industrial Societies(Piore 1979, 174–175). He decried the defunding of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor in an influential essay on the “economics of the sweatshop” (Piore 1997, 140). He portrayed theFrench inspecteurs du travailas bulwarks against “class antagonism” inDualism...

  8. 5 Rethinking the Street-Level Bureaucrat: Tacit and Deliberate Ways Organizations Can Learn
    (pp. 113-142)
    Charles Sabel

    Michael Piore’s abiding interest in the functioning of labor markets has gone hand in hand with interest in their regulation. Indeed, it is only a slight exaggeration to say that his deepest concern has been the design of regulation that reconciles the protection of workers with the requirements of economic efficiency, and that curiosity about labor market organization is an outgrowth of the conviction that improved understanding of those markets under changing circumstances is indispensible to improved design. But as the New Deal workplace regulatory regime of collective bargaining manifestly failed for many reasons from the 1980s on, if not...

  9. Books and Selected Papers by Michael J. Piore
    (pp. 143-152)
  10. List of Contributors
    (pp. 153-154)
  11. Index
    (pp. 155-168)