The Impact of Economic Restructuring on Social Life

Fate or Choice?

in European Journal of Social Quality
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  • 1 Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 2 University of Provence
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Since the advent of industrial society we have witnessed an ongoing debate into the nature of the relationship between technological and economic developments on the one hand, and societal changes or transformations on the other. We ask the question whether it is more important for society to comply with the exigencies of techno-economic developments, as implied by determinist techno-economic ways of thinking; or whether society, as an organised political system, has opportunities for choice when confronted by major impacts resulting from the reorganisation of production systems and international markets.