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Capitalist Diversity and Change: Recombinant Governance and Institutional Entrepreneurs / Edition 1

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Overview

Over the last decade the neo-institutionalist literature on comparative capitalism has developed into an influential body of work. In this book, Colin Crouch assesses this literature, and proposes a major re-orientation of the field. Crouch critiques many aspects of this work and finds a way of modelling how creative actors trying to achieve change - institutional entrepreneurs - tackle these constraints.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199286652
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Colin Crouch is chair of the Institute of Governance and Public Management at the Business School of Warwick University. He is also the External Scientific member of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne.

He is chairman, and former joint editor, of The Political Quarterly, and immediate past-president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). His most recent books include: (edited, with Streeck, W.) Political Economy of Modern Capitalism: The Future of Capitalist Diversity (Sage, 1997); Are Skills the Answer? (with David Finegold and Mari Sako, OUP, 1999); Social Change in Western Europe (OUP, 1999); (with others) Local Production Systems in Europe: Rise or Demise (OUP, 2001); Postdemocrazia (Laterza, 2003) (in English as Post-Democracy (Polity, 2004)); and (with others) Changing Governance of Local Economies: Response of European Local Production Systems (OUP, 2004).

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Table of Contents

1 Neo-institutional analysis and comparative capitalism 1
2 Typologies of capitalism 25
3 Wahlverwandschaft, complementarity, and the theoretical utility of institutional untidiness 46
4 Innovation and path dependence 74
5 A strategy for the analysis of economic governance 101
6 Recombinant governance mechanisms 129
7 Conclusions : a reformed neo-institutionalist research programme 151
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