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"This book examines current theories of institutional change. The chapters highlight the limitations of these theories. Instead a model emerges of contemporary political economies... Read more
"This book examines current theories of institutional change. The chapters highlight the limitations of these theories. Instead a model emerges of contemporary political economies developing in incremental but cumulatively transformative processes"--Provided by publisher.
Beyond Continuity Paperback edition by Wolfgang Streeck
Preface ; 1. Introduction: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies ; 2. Policy Drift: The Hidden Politics of US Welfare State Retrenchment ; 3. Changing Dominant Practice: Making Use of Institutional Diversity in Hungary and the UK ; 4. Redeploying the State: Liberalization and Social Policy in France ; 5. Ambiguous Agreement, Cumulative Change: French Social Policy in the 1990s ; 6. Routine Adjustment and Bounded Innovation: The Changing Political Economy of Japan ; 7. Change from Within: German and Italian Finance in the 1990s ; 8. Institutional Resettlement: The Case of Early Retirement in Germany ; 9. Contested Boundaries: Ambiguity and Creativity inthe Evolution of German Codetermination ; 10. Adaptation, Recombination, and Reinforcement: The Story of Antitrust and Competition Law in Germany and Europe
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 worked on labor relations, political economy, economic policy, European integration and related subjects. He was President of the Society
for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) in 1998-99.
Kathleen Thelen is Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. She is the author, most recently, of How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Her work on labor politics and on historical institutionalism has appeared in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, The Annual Review of Political Science, Politics & Society, and
Comparative Politics, among others. She is currently Chair of the Council for European Studies, and serves on the Executive Councils of the Organized Sections for Comparative Politics, Qualitative Methods, and European Politics and Society of the American Political Science Association.
Predicts how the political and economic landscape will change and argues that because the regulatory institutions that restrained the financial sector have collapsed, capitalism has become stagnate and unstable.
"The financial crisis keeps us on edge and creates a diffuse sense of helplessness. Well-nigh unfathomable problems lead to measures that seem like emergency operations on the open heart of the Western world, performed with no knowledge of the patient's clinical history. The gravity of the situation is matched by the paucity of our understanding of it, and of how it came about in the first place. ...
In a world of increasing austerity measures, democratic politics comes under pressure. With the need to consolidate budgets and to accommodate financial markets, the responsiveness of governments to voters declines. However, democracy depends on choice.
After the devastation of World War II, Germany and Japan built national capitalist institutions that were remarkably successful in terms of national reconstruction and international competitiveness. Yet both "miracles" have since faltered...
Wolfgang Streeck legt in seinen Frankfurter Adorno-Vorlesungen die Wurzeln der gegenwärtigen Finanz-, Fiskal- und Wirtschaftskrise frei, indem er sie als Moment der langen neoliberalen Transformation des Nachkriegskapitalismus beschreibt. Er analysiert, wie sich die Spannung zwischen Demokratie und Kapitalismus über vier Jahrzehnte entfaltet hat und welche Konflikte daraus resultierten....
This text offers an interpretation of recent German economic performance, asking why the relationship between organized labour and employers, on which the German capitalist system depends, has begun to break down.
Die Krise hält uns in Atem und erzeugt zugleich ein diffuses Gefühl der Ratlosigkeit. Auf schier unüberschaubare Problemlagen folgen Maßnahmen, die wie Notoperationen am offenen Herzen der westlichen Welt wirken - durchgeführt ohne Kenntnis der Krankengeschichte. So ernst die Lage ist, so wenig scheinen wir zu verstehen, was genau vor sich geht. Und wie es dazu kommen konnte. ...
Das demographische Altern bringt für Familie und Zivilgesellschaft nicht nur Lasten und Herausforderungen, sondern auch neue Möglichkeiten und Chancen. Der vorliegende Band verdeutlicht, welche Probleme die Politik - und der Sozialstaat - in Gesellschaften mit alternder Bevölkerung lösen muss, aber auch lösen kann.<p>
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