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An epochal change... but uncertain futures: The Japanese capitalism in crisis. A "regulationist" interpretation

  • Boyer, Robert
  • Yamada, Toshio
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    This research summarizes the main findings of "Regulation" theory about the evolution of the Japanese economy since WWII and proposes an institutional interpretation of the crisis of the 90s. The company-ist compromise is the core of the whole institutional architecture via an original wage labour nexus, largely different from the American Fordist one. There is a clear hierarchy between the large corportation and sub-contractors. One observers a complementarity between the mode of governance of the firm and the main bank and finallybetween the industrial wselfare and the management of employment. A highly original "regulation" mode has allowed the implementation of a mass production and consumption economy, but this regime enters into crisis by its very success and this crisis is exacerbated by the impact of the financial bubble of the 90s. The paper surveys the transformation of the main institutional firms since the 90s and builds three scenarios based respectively upon: a large inertia of Japanese economic and political institutions; a quick adoption of typical market-led institutions under the pressure of financial market; or a new hybridization process that would concern banking and finance and not only the manufacturing industries, as was the case after WWII.

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    Paper provided by CEPREMAP in its series CEPREMAP Working Papers (Couverture Orange) with number 0005.

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    Length: 40 pages
    Date of creation: 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:cpm:cepmap:0005
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