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Comparing Welfare Capitalism : Social Policy and Political Economy in Europe, Japan and the USA - Bernhard Ebbinghaus

Comparing Welfare Capitalism

Social Policy and Political Economy in Europe, Japan and the USA

By: Bernhard Ebbinghaus (Editor), Philip Manow (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th June 2005
ISBN: 9780415255714
Number Of Pages: 348

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This book challenges the popular thesis of a downward trend in the viability of welfare states in competitive market economies.
With approaches ranging from historical case studies to cross-national analyses, the contributors explore various aspects of the relationships between welfare states, industrial relations, financial government and production systems. Building upon and combining comparative studies of both the varieties of capitalism and the worlds of welfare state regimes, the book considers issues such as:
*the role of employers and unions in social policy
*the interdependencies between financial markets and pension systems
* the current welfare reform process.
It sheds new light on the tenuous relationship between social policies and market economies and provides thought-provoking reading for students and scholars of Comparative Politics, Public Policy, the Welfare State and Political Economy.

Introduction: Studying Varieties of Welfare Capitalism
The Origins and Development of Welfare Capitalism
Business Coordination, Wage Bargaining and Welfare State: Germany and Japan in Comparative Historical Perspective
Strategic Bargaining and Social Policy Development: Unemployment Insurance in France and Germany
When Labour and Capital Collude: the Political Economy of Early Retirement in Europe, Japan and the USA
Industrial Relations and Welfare State Regimes
Welfare State Regimes and Industrial Relations Systems: the Questionable Role of Path Dependency Theory
Social Partnership, Welfare State Regimes, and Working Time in Europe
The Governance of the Employment - Welfare Relationship in Britain and Germany
Pension Regimes and Financial Systems
Between Financial Commitment, Market Liquidity and Corporate Governance: Occupational Pensions in Britain, Germany, Japan and the USA
The Forgotten Link: the Financial Regulation of Japanese Pensions Funds in Comparative Perspective
The Political Economy of Welfare State Reform
The Experience Negotiated Reforms in the Dutch and German Welfare States
The Challenge of De-industrialisation: Divergent Ideological Responses to Welfare State Reform
Employment and the Welfare State: a Continental Dilemma
Conclusions
The Politics of Elective Affinities: a Commentary
Varieties of Welfare Capitalism; an Outlook on Future Directions of Research
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ISBN: 9780415255714
ISBN-10: 0415255716
Series: Routledge/Eui Studies in the Political Economy of Welfare
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 8th June 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 17.27  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1