Beyond Varieties of Capitalism: Conflict, Contradictions, and Complementarities in the European…

Paperback | June 18, 2008

EditorBob Hancke, Martin Rhodes, Mark Thatcher

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Since the early 1990s, Europe's economies have been facing several new challenges: the 1992 single market programme, the collapse of the Berlin wall and eastward enlargement, and monetary unification. Building on the influential Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) perspective, first elaboarted indetail in the book Varieties of Capitalism OUP, 2001), this book critically analyzes these developments in the European political economy and their effects on the continental European economies. Leading political economists from Europe and the US debate how VoC can help understand the political-economic challenges that Europe is facing today and how understanding these new challenges can in turn enrich and enhance the VoC perspective. Thematically, the contributions to this volume are organised in four sections: * how the macro-economics of EMU influenced different European models of capitalism, * how the Single Market programme was received in the different institutional regimes in European capitalism, * how welfare and labour market reforms are debated and implemented, * how European capitalism travelled east after 1989. Preceding this is a spirited defence of the VoC approach by Peter Hall, and an introduction from the volume editors, considering the approach, and proposing extensions and amendments. This book demonstrates that the VoC approach remains, as the editors put it in their introduction, a rich seam tomine, capable of accommodating new developments, and theoretically flexible enough to branch out into new arguments.

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Since the early 1990s, Europe's economies have been facing several new challenges: the 1992 single market programme, the collapse of the Berlin wall and eastward enlargement, and monetary unification. Building on the influential Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) perspective, first elaboarted indetail in the book Varieties of Capitalism OUP...

Bob Hancke is a Reader in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previous appointments were at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, at the J.F. Kennedy School and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI in Florence, and as a doctoral researcher ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:June 18, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1: Varieties of Capitalism: Taking Stock1. Martin Rhodes, Bob Hancke and Mark Thatcher: Introduction: Beyond Varieties of Capitalism2. Peter Hall: The Evolution of Varieties of Capitalism in EuropePart 2: Macro-adjustment and Varieties of Capitalism3. David Soskice: Macroeconomics and Varieties of Capitalism4. Bob Hancke and Andrea Monika Herrmann: Wage bargaining and Comparative Advantage in EMUPart 3: The Single Market, Regulation, and Firms5. Mark Thatcher: Reforming National Regulatory Institutions: The EU and cross-national variety in European network industries6. Alexander Borsch: Globalization, Institutional Variation and coordination patterns in CMEs: Swiss and German Corporate Governance in Comparison7. Michel Goyer: Capital Mobility, Varieties of Institutional Investors and the Transforming Stability of Corporate Governance in France and GermanyPart 4: Labour Market and Welfare State Adjustment8. Martin Rhodes and Oscar Molina: The Political Economy of Adjustment in Mixed Market Economies: A Study of Spain and Italy9. Anke Hassel: What Does Business Want? Labour Market Reform in CMEs and its Problems10. Torben Iversen: Economic Shocks and Varieties of Government ResponsesPart 5: Capitalism Goes East11. Lawrence King: Central European Capitalism in Comparative Perspective12. Magnus Feldmann: The origins of Varieties of Capitalism: Lessons from post-Socialist transition in Estonia and Slovenia13. Vlad Mykhnenko: Strengths and Weaknesses of 'Weak' Co-ordination: Economic institutions, revealed comparative advantages and socio-economic performance of Mixed-Market Economies in Poland and Ukraine