Uncertain Boundaries: The Social and Political Construction of European Economies

Uncertain Boundaries: The Social and Political Construction of European Economies

by Marino Regini
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521473713

ISBN-13: 9780521473712

Pub. Date: 05/28/2015

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book argues that European economies were not deregulated in the 1980s. While old, politically-centralized institutions have lost importance, institutional arrangements continue to shape economic behavior of peripheral actors. The book's importance lies not just in showing that the prevailing deregulation view is wrong as far as continental European countries

Overview

This book argues that European economies were not deregulated in the 1980s. While old, politically-centralized institutions have lost importance, institutional arrangements continue to shape economic behavior of peripheral actors. The book's importance lies not just in showing that the prevailing deregulation view is wrong as far as continental European countries are concerned, but especially in outlining an alternative pattern of "micro-social" regulation of their economies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521473712
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2015
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: the shifting boundaries between market, politics and society; Part I. The Rise and Decline of the Political Regulation of the Economy: 1. The Keynesian welfare state and its crisis; 2. Unstable concertation; 3. Organised interests and public policies; 4. An anomalous case? State, economy and organised interests in Italy; Part II. The Micro-Social Regulation of Economic Adjustment: 5. The crisis of political exchange and the growth of micro-concertation; 6. The search for flexibility; 7. The problem of consensus in production; 8. An emblematic case: industrial adjustment and micro-concertation in Italy; Conclusion: the uncertain boundaries between macro and micro - the production of collective goods in the European economies; Notes; References; Index.

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