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Manufacturing PossibilitiesCreative Action and Industrial Recomposition in the United States, Germany, and Japan$
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Gary Herrigel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557738.001.0001

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Conclusion: Changing Business Systems, Power, and the Science of Manufacturing Possibilities

Conclusion: Changing Business Systems, Power, and the Science of Manufacturing Possibilities

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(p.227) Conclusion: Changing Business Systems, Power, and the Science of Manufacturing Possibilities
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Manufacturing Possibilities
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557738.003.0009

The conclusion addresses three areas of theoretical interest posed by empirical and theoretical arguments made in the substantive chapters of Manufacturing Possibilities. First it elaborates more precisely the ways that pragmatist notions of creative action and recomposition are superior to various forms of institutionalism (sociological, rational choice and historical institutionalism). Second it more explicitly elaborates the non-structural, relational and contextual understanding of power that undergirds the analysis of industrial change. Thirdly it points out that pragmatism involves a distinctive approach to social science : It encourages the search for interesting possibilities, rather than determinate forms of causality which tend to place undue attention on constraint. Pragmatist social science, ultimately, is science in the interest of greater democracy

Keywords:   pragmatism, sociological institutionalism, rational choice institutionalism, historical institutionalism, power, structuralism, causality, contingency, democracy

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