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Creative destruction and labor's options


  • Jon Wisman


New technology, the fall of Eastern European socialism, new international trade agreements, and a resurgence of classical liberalism have greatly augmented the pace of capitalism's creative destruction. The principal benefits of this process have come in the form of new, better, and less-expensive consumer goods. But this process also generates a generalized sense of insecurity that most afflicts labor. Yet, the dominant ideology that has accompanied this latest burst of creative destruction has not been terribly sympathetic to labor's plight. After analyzing the character of this most recent burst of creative destruction, this paper explores the various options available to labor within a generally hostile ideological climate. The principle focus is on how labor's most promising options may not be found primarily in restablishing constrants upon markets, but rather in gaining greater control over production in the form of greater participation in both firm decision-making and ownership.

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  • Jon Wisman, 2001. "Creative destruction and labor's options," Forum for Social Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(2), pages 51-76, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:fosoec:v:30:y:2001:i:2:p:51-76 DOI: 10.1007/BF02828502

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