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La finestra di fronte. La théorie de la régulation vista dall’Italia
[Facing Windows. La théorie de la régulation from Italian view]


  • Fumagalli, Andrea
  • Lucarelli, Stefano


In this paper we show how French Theory of Regulation has been considered in the Italian political economic debate. The Regulation Approach givessome explanations of the Fordist crise, by using methodological toolswhich are based on an historical- analytical one. It is relevant that themain book which gave life to Regulation Approach ("A Theory of Capitalistic Regulation", by Michel Aglietta, first edition 1976) hasnever been translated in Italian. Nevertheless many ideas from Regulationits have been spread during the 90's in the socio-politicalItalian debate about Post-fordism, and have been also influenced Italianneo-Schumpeterian analysis on the innovative firm. The reasons of the scarce fortune of Regulation Theory in Italy should be explain refering toa sort of provincialism in the Italian studies in economic theory whichare more affected by Anglo-Saxon economic literature than French one; secondly, if we consider the Italian heterodox studies during the 70's because of the monopoly of the Italian Marxian-Sraffian debate about"transformation from values to prices". In section 2 we analyse the Marxist theoretical backgrounds of Regulation Theory in relation with themonetary approach followed by the Italian scholars of Monetary CircuitTheory (Graziani et alii). In the last section we argue that the debatebetween French Regulation Approach and Italian Workerism represents the fundamentals of the recent hypothesis of Cognitive Capitalism.

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  • Fumagalli, Andrea & Lucarelli, Stefano, 2007. "La finestra di fronte. La théorie de la régulation vista dall’Italia
    [Facing Windows. La théorie de la régulation from Italian view]
    ," MPRA Paper 27988, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:27988

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    1. Amable, Bruno, 2003. "The Diversity of Modern Capitalism," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199261147.
    2. Giovanni Dosi & Christopher Freeman & Richard Nelson & Gerarld Silverberg & Luc Soete (ed.), 1988. "Technical Change and Economic Theory," LEM Book Series, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy, number dosietal-1988.
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    Teoria della Regolazione Francese; forme istituzionali; Moneta; Marxismo; Circuito monetario; Teoria evolutiva; Fordismo; Postfordismo; Capitalismo cognitivo;

    JEL classification:

    • B51 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Socialist; Marxian; Sraffian
    • E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy
    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary; Modern Monetary Theory;
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics


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