|Место работы||Lancaster University / Professor, Department of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies|
State theory, Fordism and post-Fordism, globalization, contradictions of the knowledge-driven economy, welfare state restructuring
Публикации на портале:
- The Future of the Capitalist State Авт. Jessop Bob . Cambridge: Polity Press, 2002.
Bob Jessop Capitalism and Its Future: Remarks on Regulation, Government and Governance
// Review of International Political Economy.
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|Адрес||Institute for Advanced Studies, County College South, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YD, UK|
from Bob Jessop homepage:
I studied sociology at Exeter University and then moved to the University of Cambridge to undertake doctoral research in political sociology. After completing a study of British political culture and writing a book on the sociological theory of reform and revolution, I became a Research Fellow in Social and Political Sciences at Downing College, Cambridge. It was during my five years as a Research Fellow that I first became interested in state theory. In 1975 I moved again to the Department of Government at the University of Essex and began teaching in the areas of political sociology, historical sociology, state theory, and political economy. After fifteen years of exile in a political science department I came to Lancaster University allegedly to profess sociology once again. In fact I'm still doing much the same as I did in political science, namely, attempting to be a theoretical jack-of-all-trades in the social sciences. In addition I have become more involved in funded empirical research intended to test my theoretical arguments.
I think my best work before coming to Lancaster was concerned with state theory and am particularly proud of my book on Nicos Poulantzas - someone from whose work I still draw fresh inspiration. But I have also been developing an interest in political economy (initially in issues such as Fordism and post-Fordism and now in the question of what a neo-Gramscian analysis of economies might tell us about contemporary changes in capitalism) and have tried to continue my more empirical research into the political economies of postwar Britain (especially in relation to changes in the state and welfare regimes under the Thatcher, Major, and Blair governments). My recent research is divided among three main areas: a) current changes in the capitalist economy, with special reference to the illogics of globalization and the contradictions of the knowledge-driven economy; b) welfare state restructuring; and c) issues of governance, governance failure, and meta-governance - and its failure. The provisional results of much of this work have been presented in my most recent sole-authored work, The Future of the Capitalist State (2002). I am now beginning a new research project on the cultural political economy of the knowledge-based economy -- this is an ambitious (even hubristic) attempt to develop a post-disciplinary analysis of contemporary capitalism by consolidating the cultural turn in political economy and using recent developments across a range of institutional orders and scales of organization to assess what is at stake in the widespread adoption of the knowledge-based economy as an accumulation strategy and state project. As an inveterate social and political theorist I am also maintaining a watching brief on developments in other areas of, especially, structure, agency and identity, autopoietic systems theory, time and space. Some sense of how the different interests I have developed over the last four decades come together can be discerned from a diagrammatic periodization of my intellectual concerns - diagram
I enjoy teaching as well as research and try to convey some of my enthusiasm for social theorising to my students. I see postgraduate studies as a partnership between research student and supervisor and expect the same commitment from my students that I try to give to them. Indeed much of my past and present work has been strongly influenced by the many happy hours spent in discussion with research students - more than a few of whom have become colleagues, co-authors, co-directors of research, and continuing sources of provocation and inspiration. I would welcome further such opportunities to engage in joint research in any of the four areas noted above or in the general field of social and political theory.