Comparing Welfare Capitalism: Social Policy and Political Economy in Europe, Japan and the USA, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Comparing Welfare Capitalism

Social Policy and Political Economy in Europe, Japan and the USA, 1st Edition

Edited by Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Philip Manow


348 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Studying Varieties of Welfare Capitalism

Part I: The Origins and Development of Welfare Capitalism

2. Business Coordination, Wage Bargaining and Welfare State: Germany and Japan in Comparative Historical Perspective

3. Strategic Bargaining and Social Policy Development: Unemployment Insurance in France and Germany

4. When Labour and Capital Collude: the Political Economy of Early Retirement in Europe, Japan and the USA

Part II: Industrial Relations and Welfare State Regimes

5. Welfare State Regimes and Industrial Relations Systems: the Questionable Role of Path Dependency Theory

6. Social Partnership, Welfare State Regimes, and Working Time in Europe

7. The Governance of the Employment - Welfare Relationship in Britain and Germany

Part III: Pension Regimes and Financial Systems

8. Between Financial Commitment, Market Liquidity and Corporate Governance: Occupational Pensions in Britain, Germany, Japan and the USA

9. The Forgotten Link: the Financial Regulation of Japanese Pensions Funds in Comparative Perspective

Part IV: The Political Economy of Welfare State Reform

10. The Experience Negotiated Reforms in the Dutch and German Welfare States

11. The Challenge of De-industrialisation: Divergent Ideological Responses to Welfare State Reform

12. Employment and the Welfare State: a Continental Dilemma

Part V: Conclusions

13. The Politics of Elective Affinities: a Commentary

14. Varieties of Welfare Capitalism; an Outlook on Future Directions of Research

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Political Economy of the Welfare State

This series presents leading edge research on the recasting of European welfare states. The series is interdisciplinary, featuring contributions from experts in economics, political science and social policy. The books provide a comparative analysis of topical issues, including:

  • reforms of the major social programmes - pensions, health, social security
  • the changing political cleavages in welfare politics
  • policy convergence and social policy innovation
  • the impact of globalization.

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