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Varieties of Capitalism

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ISBN13: 9780199247745
ISBN: 0199247749
Published: June 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00

What are the most fundamental differences among the political economies of the developed world? How do national institutional differences condition economic performance, public policy, and social well-being? Will they survive the pressures for convergence generated by globalization and technological change? These have long been central questions in comparative political economy. This book provides a new and coherent set of answers to them.;Building on the new economics of organization, the authors develop an important new theory about which differences among national political economies are most significant for economic policy and performance. Drawing on a distinction between 'liberal' and 'coordinated' market economies, they argue that there is more than one path to economic success. Nations need not converge to a single Anglo-American model. They develop a new theory of 'comparative institutionaladvantage' that transforms our;understanding of international trade, offers new explanations for the response of firms and nations to the challenges of globalization, and provides a new theory of national interest to explain the conduct of nations in international relations.;The analysis brings the firm back into the centre of comparative political economy. It provides new perspectives on economic and social policy-making that illuminate the role of business in the development of the welfare state and the dilemmas facing those who make economic policy in the contemporary world. Emphasizing the 'institutional complementarities' that link labour relations, corporate finance, and national legal systems, the authors bring interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on;issues of strategic management, economic performance, and institutional change.;This pathbreaking work sets new agendas in the study of comparative political economy. As such, it will be of value to academics and graduate students in economics, business, and political science, as well as to many others with interests in international relations, social policy-making, and the law.

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1. An Introduction to Varieties of Capitalism
PART I: GENERAL THEMES AND DIVERSE APPLICATIONS; 2. Varieties of Labor Politics in the Developed Democracies; 3. Institutional and Sectoral Interactions in Monetary Policy and Wage-Price Bargaining; 4. Social Protection and the Formation of Skills: A Reinterpretation of the Welfare State; 5. Firms and the Welfare State: When, Why, and How Does Social Policy Matter to Employers?; 6. The Domestic Sources of Multilateral Preferences: Varieties of Capitalism in the European Community
PART II: CASE-STUDIES IN PUBLIC POLICY, CONTINUITY, AND CHANGE; 7. Business, Government, and Labour Market Policy in Britain and Germany; 8. Employers, Public Policy, and the Politics of Decentralized Cooperation in Germany and France; 9. Revisiting the French Model: Coordination and Restructuring in French Industry
PART III: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, FIRM STRATEGY, AND THE LAW; 10. Varieties of Corporate Governance: Comparing Germany and the UK; 11. Macro-Varieties of Capitalism and Micro-Varieties of Strategic Management in European Airlines; 12. The Legal Framework for Corporate Governance: The Influence of Contract Law on Company Strategies in Germany and the United States; 13. Legal Irritants: How Unifying Law Ends Up in New Divergences; 14. National Varieties of Standardization