Social Pacts in Europe: Emergence, Evolution, and Institutionalization

Hardcover | June 5, 2011

EditorSabina Avdagic, Martin Rhodes, Jelle Visser

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The result of a four-year long comparative research study centered at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and financed by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme, Social Pacts in Europe presents the first full-length theoretical and comparative empirical study ofnew social pacts in Europe. Its aim is to bring the level of sophistication achieved in an earlier literature on neo-corporatism to the more contemporary phenomenon of 'social pacting'. The book brings a wide range of complementary theories to bear on the emergence, evolution and institutionalization of pacts, compares systematically a wide range of cases across Europe, and provides in-depth studies of Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and Slovenia. The bookcontributes to the scholarly debate on economic adjustment and institutional change in European capitalism by focusing on three inter-related questions: (i) what explains national variation in reliance on social pacts; (ii) what determines the outcomes of individual pact negotiations; and (iii)under what conditions are pacts repeated and become regular features of socio-economic governance? The book's theoretical innovations include a novel application of fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fs/QCA) to help explain national differences in social pact adoption; the application of agame theoretic approach to explain social pact emergence; and a reinterpretation of traditional neo-corporatist and new institutionalist theory to help understand social pact consolidation and institutionalization.

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The result of a four-year long comparative research study centered at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and financed by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme, Social Pacts in Europe presents the first full-length theoretical and comparative empirical study ofnew social pacts in Europe. Its aim is to b...

Sabina Avdagic is Research Council UK Academic Fellow in the Department of Politics and Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex. Soon to be fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst and a DAAD visiting professor at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. Previously she has hel...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pagesPublished:June 5, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Analyzing Social Pacts1. Sabina Avdagic, Martin Rhodes and Jelle Visser: Introduction2. Sabina Avdagic: The Conditions for Pacts: A Fuzzy Set Analysis of the Resurgence of Tripartite ConcertationPart II: Analytical Framework3. Sabina Avdagic: The Emergence of Pacts: Analyzing Negotiation Processes and Bargaining Outcomes4. Jelle Visser and Martin Rhodes: The Evolution of Pacts: Trajectories and Mechanisms of InstitutionalizationPart III: Case Studies5. Rory O'Donnell, Maura Adshead and Damian Thomas: Ireland: Two Trajectories of Institutionalisation6. Marino Regini and Sabrina Colombo: Italy: The Rise and Decline of Social Pacts7. Portugal: From Broad Strategic Pacts to Policy-Specific Agreements Maria da Paz Campos Lima and Reinhard Naumann8. Oscar Molina and Martin Rhodes: Spain: From Tripartite to Bipartite Pacts9. Jelle Visser and Marc Van der Meer: Netherlands: Social Pacts in a Concertation Economy10. Miroslav Stanojevic and Alenka Krasovec: Slovenia: Social Pacts and Political ExchangePart IV: Synthesis11. Sabina Avdagic, Martin Rhodes and Jelle Visser: Conclusions: Reassessing the Framework