Beyond Continuity: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies

Beyond Continuity: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies

by Wolfgang Streeck
     
 

Political scientists and sociologists from Europe and the US investigate specific empirical cases of institutional change in the political economic or social institutions of advanced industrial societies, with an emphasis on producing general insights into the character and mechanisms of institutional change grounded in the empirical research within and across… See more details below

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Political scientists and sociologists from Europe and the US investigate specific empirical cases of institutional change in the political economic or social institutions of advanced industrial societies, with an emphasis on producing general insights into the character and mechanisms of institutional change grounded in the empirical research within and across countries. Overall they provide a corrective to existing theoretical frameworks based on punctuated change, by showing how transformative changes can happen one step at a time, and draw attention to common modes of change that typically go unrecognized. The 10 papers were presented to a December 2002 conference in Cologne. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13:
9780199280452
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
04/15/2005
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Wolfgang Streeck is Professor of Sociology and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Previously he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. From 1988 to 1995 he was Professor of Sociology and Industrial Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked on labor relations, political economy, economic policy, European integration and related subjects. He was President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) in 1998-99. Kathleen Thelen is Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. She is the author, most recently, of How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Her work on labor politics and on historical institutionalism has appeared in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, The Annual Review of Political Science, Politics & Society, and Comparative Politics, among others. She is currently Chair of the Council for European Studies, and serves on the Executive Councils of the Organized Sections for Comparative Politics, Qualitative Methods, and European Politics and Society of the American Political Science Association.

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Table of Contents

1Introduction : institutional change in advanced political economies1
2Policy drift : the hidden politics of US welfare state retrenchment40
3Changing dominant practice : making use of institutional diversity in Hungary and the United Kingdom83
4Redeploying the state : liberalization and social policy in France103
5Ambiguous agreement, cumulative change : French social policy in the 1990s127
6Routine adjustment and bounded innovation : the changing political economy of Japan145
7Change from within : German and Italian finance in the 1990s169
8Institutional resettlement : the case of early retirement in Germany203
9Contested boundaries : ambiguity and creativity in the evolution of German codetermination229
10Adaptation, recombination, and reinforcement : the story of antitrust and competition law in Germany and Europe255

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