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Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity

Thelen, Kathleen

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 1107679567 / ISBN 13: 9781107679566
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Title: Varieties of Liberalization and the New ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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This book examines contemporary changes in labor market institutions in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics. Num Pages: 282 pages, 24 b/w illus. 9 tables. BIC Classification: JPB; KCP. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 228 x 154 x 16. Weight in Grams: 428. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781107679566

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Synopsis: This book examines contemporary changes in labor market institutions in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, focusing on developments in three arenas - industrial relations, vocational education and training, and labor market policy. While confirming a broad, shared liberalizing trend, it finds that there are in fact distinct varieties of liberalization associated with very different distributive outcomes. Most scholarship equates liberal capitalism with inequality and coordinated capitalism with higher levels of social solidarity. However, this study explains why the institutions of coordinated capitalism and egalitarian capitalism coincided and complemented one another in the "Golden Era" of postwar development in the 1950s and 1960s, and why they no longer do so. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, this study reveals that the successful defense of the institutions traditionally associated with coordinated capitalism has often been a recipe for increased inequality due to declining coverage and dualization. Conversely, it argues that some forms of labor market liberalization are perfectly compatible with continued high levels of social solidarity and indeed may be necessary to sustain it.

Book Description: This book examines contemporary changes in labor market institutions in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, focusing on developments in three arenas - industrial relations, vocational education and training, and labor market policy. While confirming a broad, shared liberalizing trend, it finds that there are in fact distinct varieties of liberalization associated with very different distributive outcomes.

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