Beyond Continuity: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies

Paperback | July 20, 2005

EditorWolfgang Streeck, Kathleen Thelen

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Debates surrounding institutional change have become increasingly central to Political Science, Management Studies, and Sociology, opposing the role of globalization in bringing about a convergence of national economies and institutions on one model to theories about 'Varieties of Capitalism'.This book brings together a distinguished set of contributors from a variety of disciplines to examine current theories of institutional change. The chapters highlight the limitations of these theories, finding them lacking in the analytic tools necessary to identify the changes occurring at anational level, and therefore tend to explain many changes and innovation as simply another version of previous situations.Instead a model emerges of contemporary political economies developing in incremental but cumulatively transformative processes. The contributors show that a wide, but not infinite, variety of models of institutional change exist which can meaningfully distinguished and analytically compared. Theyoffer an empirically grounded typology of modes of institutional change that offer important insights on mechanisms of social and political stability, and evolution generally.Beyond Continuity provides a more complex and fundamental understanding of institutional change, and will be important reading for academics, researchers, and advanced students of Political Science, Management Studies, Sociology, and Economics.

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Debates surrounding institutional change have become increasingly central to Political Science, Management Studies, and Sociology, opposing the role of globalization in bringing about a convergence of national economies and institutions on one model to theories about 'Varieties of Capitalism'.This book brings together a distinguished s...

Wolfgang Streeck is Professor of Sociology and Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Previously he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. From 1988 to 1995 he was Professor of Sociology and Industrial Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worke...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:July 20, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Wolfgang Streeck and Kathleen Thelen: Preface1. Wolfgang Streeck and Kathleen Thelen: Introduction: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies2. Jacob S. Hacker: Policy Drift: The Hidden Politics of US Welfare State Retrenchment3. Colin Crouch and Maarten Keune: Changing Dominant Practice: Making Use of Institutional Diversity in Hungary and the UK4. Jonah D. Levy: Redeploying the State: Liberalization and Social Policy in France5. Bruno Palier: Ambiguous Agreement, Cumulative Change: French Social Policy in the 1990s6. Steven K. Vogel: Routine Adjustment and Bounded Innovation: The Changing Political Economy of Japan7. Richard Deeg: Change from Within: German and Italian Finance in the 1990s8. Christine Trampusch: Institutional Resettlement: The Case of Early Retirement in Germany9. Gregory Jackson: Contested Boundaries: Ambiguity and Creativity inthe Evolution of German Codetermination10. Sigrid Quack and Marie-Laure Djelic: Adaptation, Recombination, and Reinforcement: The Story of Antitrust and Competition Law in Germany and Europe