Renegotiating the Welfare State: Flexible Adjustment through Corporatist Concertation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Renegotiating the Welfare State

Flexible Adjustment through Corporatist Concertation, 1st Edition

Edited by Gerhard Lehmbruch, Frans van Waarden


324 pages

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Why have some countries have been more successful in welfare state reform than others?

This book examines the experiences of various countries in reforming their welfare states through renegotiations between the state and peak associations of employers and employees. This corporatist concertation has been blamed for bringing about all the ills of the welfare state, but lately corporate institutions have learned from their bad performances, modified their structures and style of operation, and assumed responsibility for welfare state reform.

Consensual bargaining is back on the agenda of both policy makers and of social science. This topical volume with its internationally respected panel of contributors will appeal to all those interested in the welfare state and labour relations. It includes chapters focusing on the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland as well as a section looking at the role of corporatist concertation in the European Union.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

Part II: Countries with Traditions of Corporatist Concertation

Part III: Countries without Historical Corporatist Traditions

Part IV: Comparisons

Part V: European Corporatism

About the Editors

Frans van Waarden is Professor of Public Policy and Urganization at Utrecht University. He has been a visiting scholar/fellow at Stanford University, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies and the European University Institute in Florence.

Gerhard Lehmbruch is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and has been president of the German Political Science Association and vice-president of the International Political Science Association.

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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