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Corporatism and the Myth of Consensus

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Roger BobackaUniversity of Aberdeen, Scotland

ISBN13: 9780754621843
ISBN: 0754621847
Published: October 2002
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



This text takes a look at contemporary Finnish politics. Its main focus is on corporatism - which is largely concerned with representative structures between the state and organized interests. The book covers corporatism in both theoretical and descriptive forms and looks at consensus building in practice.;Throughout the book corporatism is discussed with reference to the working hours regulation in Finland. There is an overview of the development of working hours regulations, as well as an analysis of these regulations with regards to the labour market. Looking at the decision making process for fixing working hours regulations in Finland leads to a discussion on consensus and how the regulations were put forward and agreed, with an examination of the Finnish Parliamentary Committee for Labour Affairs and their role in policy making. Finally the book investigates the results of working hours regulation in Finland after it has been put into practice; and carries out a comparison between corporate pluralist Finland and a non-corporatist UK, to show if different labour market policies reflect how working hours are arranged on the shop floor.

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Contents:
Corporatism and consensus building; working hours and interest intermediation in Finland - a politics of accommodation?; working hours and organized interests - the current dilemma; the formulation of working hours legislation - corporate pluralist deliberation as consensus building?; parliamentary deliberation - formal rules and informal practices; implementation and public perceptions - do corporate pluralist arrangements matter on the shop floor?; Finnish labour market policy making - consensus and its side effects.