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Compares and contrasts the development of welfare capitalism in France and Germany, through good times and bad, since the 1970s

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“This is an important and extremely well written book. Vail challenges the dominant theoretical approaches within comparative political economy. Recasting Welfare Capitalism is a comprehensive account, well researched, and exceptionally clear. It will reshape academic discussions of welfare state change.”—Chris Howell, Department of Politics, Oberlin College

"Recasting Welfare Capitalism presents very illuminating and detailed analysis of contemporary political and economic adjustment strategies in Germany and France. In so doing, it debunks the widely shared perception that these countries have been moribund and plagued by political stalemate. Vail's insights stem from a creative theoretical shift away from contemporary institutionalism in political economic analysis to an emphasis on informal relational dynamics and ideas. His persuasive argument about the emergence of new relations and dynamics is grounded in elegant and historically informed case studies of crucial policy and relational realms." 
—Gary Herrigel, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago



"Mark Vail’s Recasting Welfare Capitalism shows how French and German political actors navigated the difficult and contentious transitions from rapid postwar economic growth to the slower growth of the past three decades. By linking the usual welfare-state analytic categories to broader economic management issues, he highlights how actors and their ideas mattered for the gradual transformation of both sides of the welfare-capitalism model in France and Germany. This is one of the rare studies offering a comprehensive and insightful analysis of structures, actors, and policy changes across the whole postwar era." 
—Herman Schwartz, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

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Mark I. Vail is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tulane University. He is a contributor to The State after Statism, edited by Jonah D. Levy, and has published work in Comparative Politics, The Journal of European Political Research, and West European Politics, among other venues.

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  • PublisherTemple University Press
  • Publication date2009
  • ISBN 10 1592139671
  • ISBN 13 9781592139675
  • BindingHardcover
  • Number of pages248
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