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Overview[ edit ] Fordism is "the eponymous manufacturing system designed to spew out standardized, low-cost goods and afford its workers decent enough wages to buy them.
Major success stemmed from three major principles: His assembly line was revolutionary though not original as it had previously been used at slaughterhouses.
His most original contribution to the modern world Paying markets for essays breaking down complex tasks into simpler ones, with the help of specialised tools. His real accomplishment was recognizing the potential by breaking it all down into its components, only to build it back up again in a more effective and productive combination, thereby producing an optimum method for the real world.
Efficiency both decreased the price of the cars and allowed Ford to increase his workers' wages. Hence, common workers could buy their own cars.
The Ford Motor Company was one of several hundred small automobile manufacturers that emerged between and After five years of producing automobiles, Ford introduced the Model Twhich was simple and light but sturdy enough to drive on the country's primitive roads.
That led to massive consumption. However, many contemporaries framed their worldview as one and applied the name Fordism to it. Since then, it has been used by a number of writers on economics and society, mainly but not exclusively in the Marxist tradition. According to historian Charles S.
MaierFordism proper was preceded in Europe by Taylorisma technique of labor discipline and workplace organization, based upon supposedly-scientific studies of human efficiency and incentive systems. The grand appeal of Fordism in Europe was that it promised to sweep away all the archaic residues of precapitalist society, by subordinating the economy, society, and even the human personality to the strict criteria of technical rationality.
The principles of Taylorism were quickly picked up by Vladimir Lenin and applied to the industrialization of the Soviet Union. Later, under the inspiration of Gramsci, Marxists picked up the Fordism concept in the s and developed Post-Fordism in the s.
Antonio and Bonanno trace the development of Fordism and subsequent economic stages, from globalization to neoliberal globalization, during the 20th century, and emphasized America's role in globalization. Antonio and Bonanno argue that Fordism peaked in the post-World War II decades of American dominance and mass consumerism but collapsed from political and cultural attacks on the people in the s.
Advances in technology and the end of the Cold War ushered in a new "neoliberal" phase of globalization in the s. Antonio and Bonanno further suggest that negative elements of Fordism, such as economic inequality, remained, allowing related cultural and environmental troubles, which inhibited America's pursuit of democracy to surface.
The concepts of the Five-Year Plan and the centrally- planned economy can be traced directly to the influence of Taylorism on Soviet thinking. Hughes quotes Joseph Stalin: The combination of the Russian revolutionary sweep with American efficiency is the essence of Leninism.
The Soviets did so because they wished to portray themselves as creators of their own destiny and not indebted to their rivals. Americans did so because they did not wish to acknowledge, during the Cold War, their part in creating a powerful rival. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations.
Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. November Fordism is a key concept in the theories of the Regulation schooloften in contrast to post-Fordismand the term is also used in Western Marxist thought.
Mass consumption is the other side of Fordism. In Regulation theory, it is a "regime of accumulation" or a macroeconomic pattern of growth, developed in the US and diffused in various forms to Western Europe after It consisted of domestic mass production with a range of institutions and policies supporting mass consumption, including stabilizing economic policies and Keynesian demand management that generated national demand and social stability; it also included a class compromise or social contract entailing family-supporting wages, job stability and internal labor markets leading broadly shared prosperity:Paying markets for personal essay writing courses for better health and personal growth: Writing About Cancer, Writing for Personal Caregivers, Your Life in Essays, Writing Personal Essays, and therapeutic courses for health care professionals.
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