The present paper is an extension of Donald Walker’s thesis on the Veblenian process of institutional evolution. In his Thorstein Veblen’s Economic System of 1977 Walker stresses that the greater the workers’ contact with machine discipline the higher their critical attitude towards the status quo; moreover, this contact is satisfactory for generating a mechanism of overthrowing the existing institutional order. The originality of Walker’s interpretation concerns the defence of the active role of workers in the process of institutional evolution, unlike a great deal of literature that confines its interpretation only to the active role of technicians. However at the same time Walker’s interpretation appears to be incomplete; in fact mechanisms of worker/technology ‘contact’ are certainly necessary to generate change in institutions but they are not sufficient since they also require mechanisms of moral delegitimation of the waste caused by the compression of the real wage. Actually Walker incidentally anticipates this argument but he does not provide a complete discussion of it. As in Walker, the rereading of Veblen proposed here is addressed to defining the ways workers change institutions. The aim is to expand Walker’s arguments by referring to Veblen’s thought on popular discontent. Moreover, and contrary to Walker, the focus will be on those principles and modalities recognized by Veblen as inefficacious for a change in institutions.
|Titolo:||When Machine Discipline and Popular Discontent Do (or Do Not) Change Institutions In The Veblenian Perspective: An Integration of Walker’s Interpretation|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Citazione:||When Machine Discipline and Popular Discontent Do (or Do Not) Change Institutions In The Veblenian Perspective: An Integration of Walker’s Interpretation / PACELLA A. - In: DIALETTICA E FILOSOFIA. - ISSN 1974-417X. - (2008), pp. 1-23.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|