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, Peter Hall, Robert H. Bates, Peter Lange, Helen Milner
     
 

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

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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.

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"...provocative, interesting, and well written." Review of Radical Political Economics

"Explores how macroecenomic policies and economic institutions jointly determine economic performance and distribution." Journal of Economic Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521642262
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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