Reinterpreting the geography of accumulation: the global shift and local restructuring

Robert H. Fagan, Richard B. Le Heron

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    The authors argue that the nation is not the natural space for the circulation and reproduction of capital, and that this is vitally important in understanding the restructuring of economic activity since the mid-1970s. The authors outline a model of globalisation in which an increasingly internationalised process of accumulation is expressed in, and reproduced through, the changing social relations of production which remain bounded territorially by nation-states. The model is built up from a synthesis of some apparently disparate theoretical positions on capitalist restructuring crises taken by researchers during the 1980s. These include theories of the internationalisation of capital and those dealing with restructuring within nation-states after the now much-debated transition out of the regime of accumulation which produced the long boom after 1950. Methodological implications of the model are investigated and the role of the state in a globally integrated economy is illuminated. -from Authors

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)265-285
    Number of pages21
    JournalEnvironment & Planning D: Society & Space
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1994


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