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The French Regulation Approach and its Theory of Consumption


  • Mavroudeas, Stavros


This study criticises Regulation’s Consumption theory. First, it pinpoints the significance of consumption for Regulation. Then, it criticises it: (a) its Value theory, by arguing that the regulationist conception of the value of labour-power and its theory of wage is theoretically and empirically unsound. (b) Aglietta’s (1979) macroeconomic model of the relations between the two departments of production (c) Regulation’s analysis of the 1929 crisis as underconsumptionist. Additionally, it is shown that RA’s Consumption theory is instrumental for its trajectory towards post-modernism and the related abandonment of class analysis.

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  • Mavroudeas, Stavros, 2003. "The French Regulation Approach and its Theory of Consumption," MPRA Paper 19730, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:19730

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    1. Vatter, Harold G., 1967. "Has There Been a Twentieth-Century Consumer Durables Revolution?," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 27(01), pages 1-16, March.
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    Regulation; Political Economy; Marxism;

    JEL classification:

    • B51 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Socialist; Marxian; Sraffian
    • B50 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - General


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