Manufacturing Matters (Magill's Literary Annual 1988)
In this book, Stephen S. Cohen and John Zysman belabor a fairly evident point, one which, in all probability, largely conforms to what most Americans already believe. The book is not, however, superfluous. For Cohen and Zysman, professors at the University of California, Berkeley, seek more than passive public assent or even scholarly validation. They seek the broad national consensus needed to bring about a fundamental change in the way Americans approach corporate and public policy. They wish to do no less than move a diverse and often-divided country to a level of concerted action not achieved since World War II.
The first part of the book’s message is efficiently summarized in its title. For reasons that will be outlined below, the United States cannot merely shrug off its sagging competitiveness in manufacturing by hypothesizing the emergence of a postindustrial economy based on world leadership in services. It follows, therefore, that manufacturing matters. In order to preserve the nation’s wealth and power, Americans must become more competitive manufacturers.
The authors move on from this preliminary conclusion to reject responses to the American manufacturing malaise based on protectionism or drastic reductions in wages. Instead, they advocate hard thinking, serious public debate, and a bold national policy with regard to technological development, including possibilities offered by automation and other advances in manufacturing...
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