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Capitalisms Compared: Welfare, Work, and Business / Edition 1

Capitalisms Compared: Welfare, Work, and Business / Edition 1

by John R. Bowman
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    ISBN-13: 2901452259023
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Publication date: 08/06/2013
    Edition description: First Edition
    Pages: 392
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

    About the Author

    John R. Bowman is professor of political science at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Capitalist Collective Action: Competition, Cooperation, and Conflict in the Coal Industry, as well as articles on the politics of labor markets and social policy in both the United States and Western Europe.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Comparing Political Economies: Markets, Politics, and Institutions
    Welfare States: Welfare State or Social Security State?
    The Social Democratic Welfare State: Politics against Markets
    The Liberal Welfare State: Embracing the Market
    The Conservative Welfare State: Protecting Society from the Market
    “Varieties of Capitalism:” Business Institutions and Strategies
    Liberal Market Economies: Reaching for the Invisible Hand
    Cooperative Market Economies: Patient Capital and Non-market Coordination
    The plan of this book
    Chapter 2: Health Policy
    Is Health Care a Commodity?
    Germany: Private Practice and Universal Coverage
    Basic Structure: Compulsory Non-profit Insurance
    Sweden: A Right to High Quality Health Care
    Basic Structure: County-level Provision of Services
    The United States: Incomplete Coverage through Private and Public Insurance
    The Private Welfare State in Health Care
    The Long Road to Health Policy Reform
    Present Structure: From Public Insurance to No Insurance
    Private insurance
    The Uninsured
    Comparing Systems and Outcomes
    Chapter 3: Pension Policy
    Paying as You Go: Where Do Pensions Come From?
    Germany: Earnings-related Public Pensions
    Current Policy: The Shift away from Guaranteed Benefits
    Sweden: Public Pensions with “Notional” Accounting
    Current Policy: Introducing the Market to the Social Democratic Model
    The United States: A Public-Private Pension Mix with Precarious Retirement
    Social Security Today: A False Crisis
    Private Pensions: The Disappearing Promise
    Comparing Pension Systems and Outcomes
    Chapter 4: Family Policy
    Bringing Families Back In
    Sweden: Paid Family Leaves and Universal Public Childcare
    Current Policy: Toward Gender Equality?
    Germany : Moving Beyond the Male Breadwinner Model
    Current Policy: Family Leaves, Cash Assistance, and Child Care
    The United States: Juggling Work and Family through the Market
    Current Policy: The Limits of Tax Breaks
    Comparing Policies and Outcomes
    Chapter 5: The Labor Market
    Human Effort as a Commodity: The Distinctive Features of Labor Markets
    The “Two Faces of Unionism”: Are Unionized Firms more Efficient?
    The Structure of Collective Bargaining and the Logic Centralized Wage-setting
    Sweden: Flexible Centralization?
    The Historic Compromise
    Wage Bargaining in Contemporary Sweden
    Workplace Participation and Job Security
    Germany: Co-determination and Coordinated Bargaining
    Background and Overview
    Works Councils: Employee Representation on the Job
    Labor Market Organizations and Collective Bargaining
    Job Security and Labor Disputes
    The United States: Bargaining among Unequals
    The Rocky Path toward the Right to Unionize
    The Unionized Sector: Organization
    Wages, Benefits, and Protections: Comparing the Union and Non-union Sectors
    The Decline of Unions in the US
    Comparing Systems and Outcomes
    Chapter 6: Corporate Governance and Finance
    In Whose Interests? Shareholders Versus Stakeholders
    The United States: Stock Market Capitalism Run Amok?
    From Public Service Corporations to Industrial Capitalism
    From Managerialism to “Shareholder Value”
    Germany: Patient Capital and Bank Control
    Postwar Corporate Governance: The Classic German Model
    The Reform of German Corporate Governance
    Sweden: Capitalist Enterprise without Capitalists?
    The Post-War Model of Corporate Governance in Sweden
    Swedish Corporate Governance in Transition?
    The Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 and Its Aftermath
    Chapter 7: The Viability of Alternative Forms of Capitalism
    Globalization and the Economic Feasibility of Alternative Capitalisms.
    Neoliberalism and the Political Feasibility of Alternative Capitalisms
    Conclusion: But Not in the US?

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