Continuity and Change in Contemporary Capitalism

Continuity and Change in Contemporary Capitalism

by Herbert Kitschelt
     
 

In the early 1980s, many observers, including authors and editors of this book, argued that powerful organized economic interests and social democratic parties created successful mixed economies promoting economic growth, full employment, and a modicum of social equality. The present book reexamines this argument from the vantage point of the second half of the 1990s,… See more details below

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In the early 1980s, many observers, including authors and editors of this book, argued that powerful organized economic interests and social democratic parties created successful mixed economies promoting economic growth, full employment, and a modicum of social equality. The present book reexamines this argument from the vantage point of the second half of the 1990s, finding that the conventional wisdom no longer adequately reflects political and economic realities. Advanced democracies have responded in path-dependent fashion to such novel challenges as technological change, intensifying international competition, new social conflict, and the erosion of established patterns of political mobilization. Nevertheless, the book rejects the currently widespread expectation that "internationalization" makes all democracies converge on similar political and economic institutions and power relations. Diversity among capitalist democracies persists, though in a different fashion than in the "golden age" of rapid economic growth after World War II.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521624466
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/13/1999
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IThe International Setting for Political-Economic Strategies
1The Global Economy, Post-Fordism, and Trade Policy in Advanced Capitalist States11
2The Internationalization of Capital36
3The Making of a Polity: The Struggle over European Integration70
Pt. IIThe Dynamics of Domestic Political Economies
4Divergent Production Regimes: Coordinated and Uncoordinated Market Economies in the 1980s and 1990s101
5The Political Economy of Europe in an Era of Interdependence135
6The Welfare State in Hard Times164
7Postwar Trade-Union Organization and Industrial Relations in Twelve Countries194
8Social Democratic Labor Market Institutions: A Retrospective Analysis231
9The Declining Significance of Male Workers: Trade-Union Responses to Changing Labor Markets261
Pt. IIIPolitical Economy and Democratic Competition
10Politics without Class: Postindustrial Cleavages in Europe and America293
11European Social Democracy between Political Economy and Electoral Competition317
12Contemporary Christian Democracy and the Demise of the Politics of Mediation346
13The Political Economy of Neoliberalism: Britain and the United States in the 1980s371
14Movements of the Left, Movements of the Right: Putting the Mobilization of Two New Types of Social Movements into Political Context398
Pt. IVConclusion
15Convergence and Divergence in Advanced Capitalist Democracies427
References461
Index511

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