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Contested Economic Institutions: The Politics of Macroeconomics and Wage Bargaining in Advanced Democracies
     

Contested Economic Institutions: The Politics of Macroeconomics and Wage Bargaining in Advanced Democracies

by Torben Iversen
 

ISBN-10: 0521645328

ISBN-13: 9780521645324

Pub. Date: 08/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book helps explain one of the most intriguing and politically salient puzzles in comparative political economy: why some countries have much higher unemployment rates than others. Contrary to new classical economics the focus is on explaining distribution and equilibrium unemployment, and contrary to neo-corporatist theory the role of monetary policy and

Overview

This book helps explain one of the most intriguing and politically salient puzzles in comparative political economy: why some countries have much higher unemployment rates than others. Contrary to new classical economics the focus is on explaining distribution and equilibrium unemployment, and contrary to neo-corporatist theory the role of monetary policy and rational expectation is integral to the analysis. The book makes two central arguments. The first is that monetary policies affect equilibrium employment whenever wages are set above the firm level. The second argument focuses on the distributive effects of different institutions, and models institutional design as a strategic game between partisan governments and cross-class alliances of unions and employers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521645324
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. The Real Effects of Monetary Policies: 2. An institutional model of economic performance; 3. Economic institutions and performance: quantitative evidence; Part II. The Politics of Institutional Design: 4. A theory of contested institutions; 5. From Keynesian centralization to Monetarist decentralization: five Northern European experiences; 6. Conclusion: the fork in the road for social democracy.

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