Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies

Paperback | February 1, 1998

byGosta Esping-Andersen

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The Golden Age of postwar capitalism has been eclipsed, and with it seemingly also the possibility of harmonizing equality and welfare with efficiency and jobs. Most analyses believe the the emerging postindustrial society is overdetermined by massive, convergent forces, such astertiarization, new technologies, or globalization, all conspiring to make welfare states unsustainable in the future. Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies takes a second, more sociological and more institutional, look at the driving forces of economic transformation. What, as a result, stands out is postindustrial diversity, not convergence. Macroscopic, global trends are undoubtedly powerful, yet theirinfluence is easily rivalled by domestic institutional traditions, by the kind of welfare regime that, some generations ago, was put in place. It is, however, especially the family economy that hold the key as to what kind of postindustrial model will emerge, and to how evolving tradeoffs will bemanaged. Twentieth-century economic analysis depended on a set of sociological assumptions that, now, are invalid. Hence, to better grasp what drives today's economy, we must begin with its social foundations.

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The Golden Age of postwar capitalism has been eclipsed, and with it seemingly also the possibility of harmonizing equality and welfare with efficiency and jobs. Most analyses believe the the emerging postindustrial society is overdetermined by massive, convergent forces, such astertiarization, new technologies, or globalization, all co...

Gosta Esping-Andersen is Professor of Comparative Social Systems at the University of Trento, Italy

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. IntroductionPART ONE: Varieties of Welfare Capitalism2. The Democratic Class Struggle Revisited3. Social Risks and Wefare States4. The Household Economy5. Comparative Welfare Regimes Re-examinedPART TWO: The New Political Economy6. The Structural Bases of Postindustrial Employment7. Managing Divergent Employment DilemmasPART THREE: Welfare Capitalism Recast?8. New Social Risks in Old Welfare States9. Recasting Wefare Regimes for a Postindustrial EraBibliography

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`well worth reading as a highly informative analysis of the diversity of the social foundations of postindustrial economies.'Andrew Sayer, Progress in Human Geography 24,3.