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Continuity and Change in Contemporary Capitalism : Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics (Hardcover) - Herbert Kitschelt

Continuity and Change in Contemporary Capitalism

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics (Hardcover)

By: Herbert Kitschelt (Editor), Peter Lange (Editor), Gary Marks (Editor), John D. Stephens (Editor), Robert H. Bates (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 11th January 2006
ISBN: 9780521624466
Number Of Pages: 548

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In the early 1980s, many observers, argued that powerful organised economic interests and social democratic parties created successful mixed economies promoting economic growth, full employment, and a modicum of social equality.

The present book assembles scholars with formidable expertise in the study of advanced capitalist politics and political economy to re-examine this account from the vantage point of the second half of the 1990s. The authors find that the conventional wisdom no longer adequately reflects the political and economic realities.

Advanced democracies have responded in path-dependent fashion to such novel challenges as technological change, intensifying international competition, new social conflict, and the erosion of established patterns of political mobilisation.

The book rejects, however, the currently widespread expectation that 'internationalisation' makes all democracies converge on similar political and economic institutions and power relations. Diversity among capitalist democracies persists, though in a different fashion than in the 'Golden Age' of rapid economic growth after World War II.

'This book is a significant contribution to political economy and will be useful for students of comparative politics.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

Preface
Introduction
The International Setting for Political Economic Strategies
The global economy, 'post-Fordism,' and trade policy in advanced capitalist states Timothy McKeown
The internationalization of capital Beth Simmons
The making of a polity: the struggle over European integration Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks
The Dynamics of Domestic Political Economies
Divergent production regimes: coordinated and uncoordinated market economies in the 1980s and 1990s
The political economy of Europe in an era of interdependence
The welfare state in hard times
Trade Union Organization and industrial relations in the postwar era in twelve countries
Social democratic labor market institutions: a retrospective analysis
The declining significance of male workers: Trade Union responses to changing labor markets
Political Economy and Democratic Competition
Politics without class: postindustrial cleavages in Europe and America
European social democracy between electoral competition and political economy
Contemporary Christian democracy and the demise of the politics of mediation
The political economy of neoliberalism: Britain and the United States in the 1980s
Movements of the left, movements of the right: putting the mobilization of social movements into political context
Conclusion
Convergence and divergence in advanced capitalist democracies
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ISBN: 9780521624466
ISBN-10: 0521624460
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 548
Published: 11th January 2006
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.85  x 4.064
Weight (kg): 0.921