Welfare and Work in the Open Economy: Volume I: From Vulnerability to Competitiveness in…

Paperback | November 1, 2000

EditorFritz W. Scharpf, Vivien A. Schmidt

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In this ground-breaking, two-volume study of the adjustment of advanced welfare states to international economic pressures, leading scholars detail the wide variety of responses in twelve countries. Rejecting any notion of convergence to some kind of neo-liberal orthodoxy, they find that mostcountries have remained true to the basic features of their postwar model as they have liberalized. Moreover, within different welfare-state constellations, while some countries are still struggling to adjust, others have reached a new sustainable equilibrium. Volume I presents comparative analysesof differences in countries' vulnerabilities and capabilities, the effectiveness of their policy responses, and the role of values and discourse in the politics of adjustment. Volume II presents in-depth analyses of the experiences of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, theNetherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as well as special studies in the participation of women in the labour market, early retirement, the liberalization of public services, and international tax competition.

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In this ground-breaking, two-volume study of the adjustment of advanced welfare states to international economic pressures, leading scholars detail the wide variety of responses in twelve countries. Rejecting any notion of convergence to some kind of neo-liberal orthodoxy, they find that mostcountries have remained true to the basic fe...

Fritz W. Scharpf is at Max Plank Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne. Vivien A. Schmidt is at Boston University.
Format:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Martin Rhodes: 3. Herman Schwartz: Internationalization and two liberal welfare states: Australia and New Zealand4. Giuliano Bonoli and Andre Mach: Switzerland: Adjustment politics within institutional constraints5. Anton Hemerijck, Brigitte Unger, and Jelle Visser: How small countries negotiate change - twenty-five years of policy adjustment in Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium6. Philip Manow and Eric Seils: Adjusting badly: The German welfare state, structural change, and the open economy7. Jonah D. Levy: France: Directing adjustment?8. Maurizio Ferrera and Elisabetta Gualmini: Italy: Rescue from without?9. Mats Benner and Torben Bundgaard Vad: Sweden and Denmark: Defending the Welfare State10. Mary Daly: A fine balance: Women's labor market participation in international comparison11. Bernhard Ebbinghaus: Any way out of exit from work? Reversing the entrenched pathways of early retirement?12. Adrienne Heritier and Susanne K. Schmidt: After liberalization: Public-interest services and employment in the utilities13. Steffen Ganghof: Adjusting national tax policy to economic internationalization - strategies and outcomes