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Business and Society (Combined), 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Jiachen Shi
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Semester 1


 Watson, T. (2008) Sociology, Work and Industry, London: Routledge (chapter 2, ‘The sociological analysis of work and industry’, pages 29-73).


Key Reading:

Heinrich, M. (2012) An introduction to the three volumes of Karl Marx's Capital , chapter 1: Capitalism and Marxism pp. 13-27.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Wright, E.O. (2005) Foundations of a neo-Marxist class analysis. In: Wright, E.O. (Ed) Approaches to class analysis ISBN: 9780521603812 (pbk.); 9780521843041 (hbk.); 0521843049 (hbk.); 0521603811 (pbk.); 9780521603812 (pbk.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 4-30

Additional Reading:

Crompton, R. (2008) Class and stratification. Cambridge: Cambridge Polity Press.

Göran T. (2012) Class in the 21st Century. New left review. ISSN: 0028-6060 78, November-December 2012.

Harvey, D. (2010) A companion to Marx's Capital, Volume 1. London: Verso Books (Chap.).

Hyman, R. (2006) Marxist Thought and the Analysis of Work, in Korczynski, M. Hodson, R. and Edwards, P. (Eds.) Social theory at work, Oxford: Oxford University Press 

Jessop, B. (2008) Karl Marx, in: Stones, R. (Ed.): Key sociological thinkers, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Kaufmann, S. / Stuetzle, I. (2017) Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the twenty-first century' : an introductionISBN: 9781784786144; 1784786144ISBN: 9780674430006 (alk. paper); 067443000X (alk. paper) ISBN: 9780674430006 (alk. paper); 067443000X (alk. paper). London: Verso. 

Moore, R. (2008) Capital, in: Grenfell, M. (Ed.) Pierre Bourdieu : key concepts ISBN: 9781844651184 (pbk.); 9781844651177 (hbk.). Durham: Acumen Publishing Limited (chapter 6).

Ransome, P. (2010) Social theory for beginners ISBN: 9781847426741; 1847426743. Bristol: Policy Press (chapter 4 ‘Karl  Marx, capitalism and revolution’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Sayer, R. (2005) The moral significance of class ISBN: 0521616409 (pbk.); 0521850894 (hbk.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Savage, M. (2015) Social class in the 21st century ISBN: 9780241004227 (paperback); 0241004225 (paperback); 9780141978925. London: Penguin Books.

Standing, G. (2011) The precariat : the new dangerous class. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Wilkes, C. (1990) Bourdieu´s Class, in: Harker, R./ Mahar, C./ Wilkes, C. (Eds.) An introduction to the work of Pierre Bourdieu : the practice of theory ISBN: 0333524764 (pbk) : £12.99; 0333524756. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wright, E.O. (Ed) (2007) Approaches to class analysis ISBN: 9780521603812 (pbk.); 9780521843041 (hbk.); 0521843049 (hbk.); 0521603811 (pbk.); 9780521603812 (pbk.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Key Reading:

Giddens, A. (1992) Introduction, in: Weber M. The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. London: Routledge.

Boltanski L./Chiapello E. (2005) The role of criticism in the dynamics of capitalism. Social criticism versus artistic criticism, in: Miller, M (Ed.) Worlds of capitalism : institutions, governance and economic change in the era of globalization ISBN: 9780203023846 (e-book), London: Routledge, p.237-267

Additional Reading:

Bayley, S./Mavity, R. (2008) Life's a pitch ISBN: 9780552174862 (pbk.) : £9.99: How to Sell Yourself and Your Brilliant Ideas. Corgi: London.

Bröckling, U. (2015) The entrepreneurial self : fabricating a new type of subject ISBN: 9781473947788 (e-book). London: Sage.

Kieran, A. (2004) Max Weber [electronic resource] : a critical introduction ISBN: 1849642389; 9781849642385. London: Pluto Press (chap 3).

Morrison, K. (2006) Marx, Durkheim, Weber: formations of modern social thought. London: Sage (Chapter 4: for reference).

Pongratz, H. J./ Voß, G. (2003) From employee to entreployee: Towards a self-entrepreneurial work force?, in: Concepts & Transformation ISSN: 1384-6639 8 (3), S. 239-254. Available at

Ransome, P. (2010) Social theory for beginners ISBN: 9781847426741; 1847426743. Bristol: Policy Press (chapter 5: ‘Max Weber, rational capitalism and social action’, summary on spirit of capitalism p 104-109). 


 By the end of these sessions you should:

  • Be aware of some feminist theories about the evolution of workplaces
  • Offer some basic critique of the theories explored
  • Be able to apply feminist theories explored to contemporary situations

Key Reading:

Fraser, N., 2009. Feminism, capitalism and the cunning of history. New left review. ISSN: 0028-6060 97.

Yuval-Davis, N., 2006. Intersectionality and Feminist Politics. The European journal of women's studies. ISSN: 1350-5068 13, 193–209.

Additional Reading:

McDowell, L. (2010) Capital culture revisited: sex, testosterone and the cityInternational journal of urban and regional research = Revue internationale de recherche urbaine et régionale. , 34(3): 652-8.

Bruegel, I. (1999) Globalization, Feminization and Pay Inequalities in London and the UK. Pp. 73–93, in: Gregory, J./Sales, R./Hegewisch, A. (Eds.) Women, work and inequality : the challenge of equal pay in a deregulated labour market ISBN: 0333721020, , New York: St. Martin´s Press.

Crenshaw, K. (1989) Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics. The University of Chicago Legal Forum: 139-169 Available at

Gottfried, H. (2006) Feminist Theories of Work, in: Korczynski, M./ Hodson R./Edwards, P. (Eds.) Social theory at work ISBN: 0199285977 (hbk); 0199285985 (pbk); 9780199285976; 9780199285983, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gottfied, H. (2009) Gender and Employment: A Global Lens on Analyzes and Theorizing of Labor Markets, Sociology Compass ISSN: 1751-9020s 3: 1-16.

Hakim, C. (2000) Work-lifestyle choices in the 21st Century : preference theory ISBN: 0199242100 pbk; 0199242097 , Oxford, Oxford University Press

Ingold, J./ Etherington, D. (2013) Work, welfare and gender inequalities: An analysis of activation strategies for partnered women in the UK, Australia and Denmark’, Work, employment and society. ISSN: 0950-0170. 27(4), 621-638.

Hochschild, A. R. (2003) Love and Gold, in: Ehrenreich, B./ A.R. Hochschild (Eds.) Global woman : nannies, maids and sex workers in the new economy ISBN: 1862075883, New York City: Metropolitan Books, pp. 15-30.

Korczynski, M./ Hodson R./Edwards, P. (Eds.) Social theory at work ISBN: 0199285977 (hbk); 0199285985 (pbk); 9780199285976; 9780199285983. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McBride, A./ Hebson, G. /Holgate, VJ. (2015) Intersectionality: are we taking enough notice in the field of work and employment relations?, in: Work, employment and society. ISSN: 0950-0170, 29 (2). 331 – 341.

McDowell, L./ Perrons D./ Fagan, C./ Ray, K. and Ward, K. (2005) The Contradictions and Intersections of Class and Gender in a Global City: Placing Working Women’s Lives on the Research Agenda, in: Environment and planning. A : environment and planning. ISSN: 0308-518x 37, pp. 441–461.

Thompson, P. / McHugh, D. (2009) Work organisations : a critical approach ISBN: 9780230522220 (pbk.) : £34.99; 023052222X (pbk.) : £34.99. Basingstoke: Palgrave (Chapter 10).

Tong, R. (1997) Feminist thought : a more comprehensive introduction ISBN: 0813332958 (pbk); 0813333326. London: Routledge.

Walby, S. (1986Patriarchy at work : patriarchal and capitalist relations in employment ISBN: 0745601588 (pbk ; cased) : £7.95; 074560157X. Oxford: Polity Press (esp. Chapter 2 and 3).

Weeks, K. (2011) The problem with work : feminism, Marxism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries ISBN: 9780822350965 (cloth : alk. paper); 0822350963 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780822351122 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0822351129 (pbk. : alk. paper) . Illinois: Duke University Press.

Witz, A. (1986) Patriarchy and the Labour Market: Occupational Control Strategies and the Medical Division of Labour, in: Knights, D./Willmott, H. (Eds.) Gender and the labour process ISBN: 0566009994. Aldershot: Gower. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

WEEK 8: Theories of Control

Key Reading:

Fleming, P., and A. Sturdy. 2011. ‘‘Being Yourself’ in the Electronic Sweatshop: New Forms of Normative Control.’ Human relations. ISSN: 0018-7267 64(2): 177–200.

Additional Reading:

Bain, P./ Taylor, P. (2000) Entrapped by the ‘Electronic panoptican’? Worker Resistance in the Call Centre, in: New technology, work and employment. ISSN: 0268-1072 15(1): 2–18.

Ball, K. S./Margulis, S.T. (2011) Electronic monitoring and surveillance in call centres: A framework for investigation, in: New technology, work and employment. ISSN: 0268-1072 26(2): 113–26.

Callaghan, G./Thompson P. (2002) ‘We Recruit Attitude’: The Selection and Shaping of Routine Call Centre Labour, in: Journal of management studies. ISSN: 0022-2380 39(2): 233–54.

Doody, S./Chen, T.V./Goldstein, J. (2016) Varieties of Entrepreneurial Capitalism: The Culture of Entrepreneurship and Structural Inequalities of Work and Business Creation, in: Sociology Compass ISSN: 1751-9020 10/10: 858–876.

Fernie, S./Metcalf, D. (1998) (Not) Hanging on the Telephone: Payment Systems in the New Sweatshops. London: Centre for Economic Performance.Available at

Fleming, P./Sturdy A. (2011) ‘Being Yourself’ in the Electronic Sweatshop: New Forms of Normative Control’, in: Human relations. ISSN: 0018-7267 64(2): 177–200.

Kelly, P. (2013) The self as enterprise : Foucault and the spirit of 21st century capitalism ISBN: 9781317016427 (e-book). London: Routledge.

Martin, D. (2016) Book Review: McKinlay, A./ Taylor, P. (2014) Foucault, governmentality, and organization : inside the factory of the future ISBN: 9781315796345 (e-book). Sage.

Townsend, K. (2005) Electronic Surveillance and Cohesive Teams: Room for Resistance in an Australian Call Centre?, in: New technology, work and employment. ISSN: 0268-1072 20(1): 47–59.


Key Reading:

Taylor, P./ Bain, P. (2003), ‘Subterranean worksick blues’: humour as subversion in two call centres, in: Organization Studies. , Vol. 24 No.9, pp. 487-509.

Additional Reading:

Ackroyd, S. /Thompson, P. (1999) Organizational misbehaviour ISBN: 0803987366 (pbk); 0803987358 London: Sage. (esp. Chapter 3: also for general reference) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Anderson, G. (2008) Mapping Academic Resistance in the Managerial University , in: Organization Studies. ISSN: 0170-8406 15(2): 251–270.

Burawoy, M. (1979) Manufacturing consent : changes in the labor process under monopoly capitalism ISBN: 0226080382 (pbk); 0226080374, Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Collinson, D./Ackroyd, S. (2005) Resistance, misbehaviour and Dissent, in: Ackroyd, S. Batt, R. Thompson, P. and Tolbert, P. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Contu, A. (2008) Decaf Resistance On Misbehavior, Cynicism, and Desire in Liberal Workplaces, in: Management Communication Quarterly : McQ ISSN: 0893-3189, 21 (3), 364-379.

Crowther, D./Green, M. (2004) Organisational theory ISBN: 0852929994. London: CIPD (Chapter 9, Critical Approaches’) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Edwards, P./Collinson, D./Della Rocca, G. (1995) Workplace Resistance in Western Europe: A Preliminary Overview and a Research Agenda, in:European journal of industrial relations. ISSN: 0959-6801. 1(3): 283-316.

Kärreman, D./Alvesson M. (2009) Resisting resistance: Counter-resistance, consent and compliance in a consultancy firm, in: Human relations. ISSN: 0018-7267 Volume 62(8): 1115–1144.

Lawrence, T.B. and Robinson, S. (2007) Ain’t Misbehavin: Workplace Deviance as Organizational Resistance, in: Journal of management. ISSN: 0149-2063 33(3): 378-394.

Mulholland, K. (2004) Workplace Resistance in an Irish Call Centre: Slammin’, Scammin’, Smokin’ and Leavin’, in: Work, employment and society. ISSN: 0950-0170 18(4): 709–24.

Thompson, P./McHugh, D. (2002) Work organisations: a critical introduction, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Chapters 8 and 9).

Vincent J. Roscigno/Hodson, R. (2004) The Organizational and Social Foundations of Worker Resistance. American sociological review. ISSN: 0003-1224, 69: 14–39.

Paulsen, R. (2014) Empty labor : idleness and workplace resistance ISBN: 9781316011652 (e-book). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 



Key reading:

Reed, H./ Lansley, S. (2016) Universal Basic Income: An idea whose time has come. Compass Available at

Additional reading:

Frayne, D. (2015) The refusal of work : the theory and practice of resistance to work . Zed Books, London. Chapter two: A Provocation pp. 11-34. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (KR 22/11/2018) 

Portes, K. (2017) "Discussion Paper” in Social prosperity for the future: A proposal for Universal Basic Services. Institute for Global Prosperity: University College London. pp.17-27 

Benedikt F. C. / Osborne, M.A. (2013) The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?

Daly, H. (2014) From uneconomic growth to a steady-state economy ISBN: 9781783479962 (pbk.) : £25.00. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Cassiers I./Maréchal K./Meda, D. (Eds.) (2017) Post-growth economics and society : exploring the paths of a social and ecological transition ISBN: 9781138503274. London: Routledge (Chapter 2).

Harvey, D. (2014) Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism. London: Profile Books.

Jackson, T. (2009) Prosperity without growth : economics for a finite planet ISBN: 9781844078943 (cased) : £12.99; 1844078949 (cased) : £12.99. London: Earthscan.

Jameson, R. (2016) The case for a basic income ISBN: 9781533275059 (paperback); 153327505X. North Charleston: CreateSpace.

Mason, P. (2016) Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future. Penguin Books.

Paech, N., (2012) Liberation from excess : the road to a post-growth economy ISBN: 9783865813244. München: oekom-verl.

Srnicek, N./ Williams, A. (2015) Inventing the future : postcapitalism and a world without work ISBN: 9781784780968 paperback; 1784780960 paperback. Brooklyn, NY: Verso Books. (esp. Chapter 5 and 6)

Standing, G. (2013) India’s Experiment in Basic Income Grants, in: Global dialogue ISSN: 1986-2601 3 November 2013 (5): 24–26.

Standing, G. (2017) Basic income : and how we can make it happen ISBN: 9780141985480 (paperback); 0141985488 (paperback). London: Pelican, an imprint of Penguin Books.

Streeck, W. (2016) How will capitalism end? : essays on a failing system ISBN: 9781784784010 (hbk.) : No price; 9781784784034 (US ebook); 9781784784027 (UK ebook). London: Verso.

Van Parijs, P. (2013) The Universal Basic Income: Why Utopian Thinking Matters, and How Sociologists Can Contribute to It, in: Politics and society. ISSN: 0032-3292 41 (2): 171–82.

Webb, T./Novkovic, S. (Eds.) (2014) Co-operatives in a Post-Growth Era: Creating Co-operative Economics. London: Zed Books.


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Semester Two: Organization Theory

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Week 1: Taylor and Scientific Management

Key readings:

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Bureaucracy and Scientific Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage. (Pages: 34-42)

Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell (2013) The Realities of Work, Fourth Edition. MacMillan: London (Chapter 6)

Watson, T. (2012) Sociology, work and organisation, Sixth Edition. London: Routledge (Chapter 2)

Additional readings:

Braverman, H. (1974) Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century, Monthly Review Press, (introduction and chapters 4 and 5)

Taylor, F.W. (1911/1967) ‘Fundamentals of Scientific Management’, in The Principles of Scientific Management. New York: Harper and Row.


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Week 2: Ford and the rise of mass production

Key readings:

Noon, M., Blyton, P. and Morrell (2013) The Realities of Work, Fourth Edition. MacMillan: London (Chapter 6)    

Watson, T. (2012) Sociology, work and organisation , Sixth Edition. London: Routledge (Chapters 4 and 5)

K. Williams et al.(1992), Ford Versus Fordism: The Beginings of Mass Production, Work, employment and society. Vol 6.,.

P. Thompson and D. McHugh (2002), Work Organisations, London: Macmillan Chapter 2 Available online 

Additional readings:

H. Beynon (1985), Working For Ford. Harmondsworth: Penguin..

Meyer, S. (1981) The five dollar day : labor management and social control in the Ford Motor Company 1908-1921, SUNY Press, Albany

G. Ritzer (1993), The McDonaldization of Society. California: Pine Forge Press.


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Week 3: Mayo and the Human Relations school

Key reading: 

 Grey, C. (2008) ‘Human Relations Theory and People Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage .

Additional readings:

O’Connor, E. (1999) ‘Minding the Workers: The Meaning of ‘Human’ and ‘Human Relations’ in Elton Mayo’, Organization : the interdisciplinary journal of organization, theory and society., 6: 223-246.

Bramel, D. and Friend, R. (1981) ‘Hawthorne, The Myth of the Docile Worker, and Class Bias in Psychology’, The American psychologist., 36: 867-878.


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Week 4: The growth of the modern corporation

Key reading:

Ackroyd, S. (2002) The organization of business : applying organizational theory to contemporary change, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Chapters 3 and 4).

Williamson, O.E., 1981. The modern corporation: origins, evolution, attributes. The journal of economic literature. ISSN: 0022-0515, 19(4), pp.1537-1568.

Additional readings:

Chandler, A.D. (1977) The Visible Hand. London, Harvard University Press (Abridged version in Putterman, L. (1986) The Economic Nature of the Firm).

Chandler, A.D. (1984) ‘The emergence of managerial capitalism’ in Supple, B. (ed.) The rise of big business, Aldershot: Edward Elgar


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Week 5: Lean production/Japanese management

Williams, K et al. (1992) ‘Against lean production’, Economy and society., 21, 3.    

Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990) The Machine That Changed the World. Rawson Associates. (esp. pages 17-69).

Stewart, P. (1997) ‘Beyond Japan, beyond consensus? From Japanese management to lean production’, Asia Pacific Business Review.

Additional readings:

Elger, T. and Smith, C. (1994) ‘Global Japanisation? ’ in T. Elger and C. Smith (eds) Global Japanization? : the transnational transformation of the labour process. London: Routledge.

Roper, I, Prabhu, V. and Van Zwandenberg, N. (1997) ‘(Only) Just-in-Time: Japanisation and the ‘Non-Learning’ Firm’, Work, employment and society., Vol 11. No. 1, pp. 27-46

Holweg, M. (2007). The genealogy of lean production. Journal of operations management., 25(2), 420-437.

Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D. (1990) The Machine That Changed the World. Rawson Associates. (esp. pages 17-69).


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Week 6: Organizational Culture

Key readings:

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Organizational Culture and Self-Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage.

Smircich, L. (1983) ‘Concepts of Culture and Organizational Analysis’, Administrative science quarterly., 28: 339-358.

Additional readings:

Kunda, G. (1992) ‘Culture and Organization’, in Engineering culture : control and commitment in a high-tech corporation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Willmott, H. (1993) ‘Strength is Ignorance; Slavery is Freedom: Managing Culture in Modern Organizations’, Journal of Management Studies., 30: 515-552.


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Week 7: Post-bureaucracy and the flexible firm

Key readings:

Alvesson, M. and Thompson, P. (2004) ‘Post-Bureaucracy? ’, in S. Ackroyd, P. Thompson, R. Batt and P.S. Tolbert (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Atkinson, J. (1984) 'Manpower Strategies for Flexible Organisations' Personnel management., August, 1984 pp 28 31.

Grey, C. (2008) ‘Post-Bureaucracy and Change Management’, in A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage.

Additional readings

Alvesson, M. and Thompson, P. (2004) ‘Post-Bureaucracy? ’, in S. Ackroyd, P. Thompson, R. Batt and P.S. Tolbert (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Pollert, A. (1988) 'The Flexible Firm: Fixation or Fact? ', Work, employment and society.,

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D (2002) Work Organisations, Palgrave: Hampshire (Chapter 11)

Hirst Paul & Zeitlin Jonathan (1991) Flexible specialization versus post-Fordism: theory, evidence and policy implications, Economy and society., 20:1, 5-9


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Week 8: The development of management

Key readings

Ackroyd, D. (2002) The organization of business : applying organizational theory to contemporary change: Oxford: OUP Chapters 3 and 4 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Barley, S.R. and Kunda, G. (1992) ‘Design and Devotion: Surges of Rational and Normative Ideologies of Control in Managerial Discourse’, Administrative science quarterly., 37: 363-399.

DiMaggio, P.J. and Powell, W.W. (1983) ‘The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organization Fields’, American sociological review., 48: 147-160


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Week 9: Financialization

Key readings

Lazonick W and O’Sullivan M (2000) Maximising shareholder value: a new ideology for corporate governance. Economy and society. 29(1): 13–35.

Thompson P (2013) Financialization and the workplace: extending and applying the disconnected capitalism thesis. Work, employment and society., June 2013; vol. 27, 3: pp. 472-488.

Williams K (2000) From shareholder value to present-day capitalism, Economy and society, 29:1, 1-12

Additional readings

Boyer R (2000) Is a Finance-led growth regime a viable alternative to Fordism? A preliminary analysis, Economy and society, 29:1, 111-145

Dore R (2008) Financialization of the global economy. Industrial and corporate change. 17(6): 1097–1112.

Lapavitsas, C. (2011) Theorizing financialization, Work, employment and society, December 2011; vol. 25, 4: pp. 611-626 

This list was last updated on 10/10/2019