© 2011 – Routledge
262 pages | 5 B/W Illus.
Private Interest Governments were identified in the 1980s as a special form of public regulation in selected economic sectors, rivalling conventional market, state, or community-based forms of public order. This book examines how these institutional arrangements have changed since their identification. It takes into account external changes such as Europeanization, globalization, liberalization, and sector-specific developments, which have had an impact on even long-established public policies.
Breakdown and Change of Private Interest Governments presents new empirical insights in changes which led to the disappearance of a prime example of neo-corporatism, a traditional form of political and economic regulation, recurring to original data for interest associations in the dairy sector of four countries, Austria, Britain, Germany and Switzerland. It discusses the empirical results and the similarities and differences between the countries with regard to external processes which were studied with a different focus in the past.
Utilising a comparative country case approach and the dairy industry as a specific sector case study, Breakdown and Change of Private Interest Governments will be of interest to students and scholars of Globalization and Political Economy.
Introduction 1. The 'Theoretical Framework' 2. Methodology and Research Techniques 3. From Government to Governance: Organizational Communities 4. From Stability to Enduring Transformation: Organizational Populations 5. From Influence to Membership: Individual Organizations 6. Environments and Organizational Changes 7. Conclusion