The Rise and Decline of Fordism
and the Sea-Change in the
Technological Advantage of Nations

Andrew Tylecote and Giovanna Vertova


This paper seeks to explain a number of striking and profound changes in the technological advantage and specialisation of nations during the last century; changes which we argue are related. Cantwell's patent data is used as a measure of specialization and advantage, with the usual caveats. The explanation is mainly in terms of the rise and decline of the 'Fordist' technoeconomic paradigm, countries' institutional adaptations to it, and a number of shocks which (arguably) were associated with it.

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