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Paperback 448 pp.
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Publication date:
June 2008

Imprint: OUP UK

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Beyond Varieties of Capitalism

Conflict, Contradictions, and Complementarities in the European Economy

Edited by Bob Hancké, Martin Rhodes and Mark Thatcher

Since the early 1990s, Europe's economies have been facing several new challenges: the 1992 single market programme, the collapse of the Berlin wall and eastward enlargement, and monetary unification. Building on the influential Varieties of Capitalism (VoC) perspective, first elaboarted in detail in the book Varieties of Capitalism OUP, 2001), this book critically analyzes these developments in the European political economy and their effects on the continental European economies.

Leading political economists from Europe and the US debate how VoC can help understand the political-economic challenges that Europe is facing today and how understanding these new challenges can in turn enrich and enhance the VoC perspective.

Thematically, the contributions to this volume are organised in four sections:

* how the macro-economics of EMU influenced different European models of capitalism,
* how the Single Market programme was received in the different institutional regimes in European capitalism,
* how welfare and labour market reforms are debated and implemented,
* how European capitalism travelled east after 1989.

Preceding this is a spirited defence of the VoC approach by Peter Hall, and an introduction from the volume editors, considering the approach, and proposing extensions and amendments. This book demonstrates that the VoC approach remains, as the editors put it in their introduction, a rich seam to mine, capable of accommodating new developments, and theoretically flexible enough to branch out into new arguments.

Readership : Academics, researchers, and graduate students of Comparative Political Economy, Comparative Business Systems, International Business, and Economics

Part 1: Varieties of Capitalism: Taking Stock
1. Martin Rhodes, Bob Hancké & Mark Thatcher: Introduction: Beyond Varieties of Capitalism
2. Peter Hall: The Evolution of Varieties of Capitalism in Europe
Part 2: Macro-adjustment and Varieties of Capitalism
3. David Soskice: Macroeconomics and Varieties of Capitalism
4. Bob Hancké & Andrea Monika Herrmann: Wage bargaining and Comparative Advantage in EMU
Part 3: The Single Market, Regulation, and Firms
5. Mark Thatcher: Reforming National Regulatory Institutions: The EU and cross-national variety in European network industries
6. Alexander Börsch: Globalization, Institutional Variation and coordination patterns in CMEs: Swiss and German Corporate Governance in Comparison
7. Michel Goyer: Capital Mobility, Varieties of Institutional Investors and the Transforming Stability of Corporate Governance in France and Germany
Part 4: Labour Market and Welfare State Adjustment
8. Martin Rhodes & Oscar Molina: The Political Economy of Adjustment in Mixed Market Economies: A Study of Spain and Italy
9. Anke Hassel: What Does Business Want? Labour Market Reform in CMEs and its Problems
10. Torben Iversen: Economic Shocks and Varieties of Government Responses
Part 5: Capitalism Goes East
11. Lawrence King: Central European Capitalism in Comparative Perspective
12. Magnus Feldmann: The origins of Varieties of Capitalism: Lessons from post-Socialist transition in Estonia and Slovenia
13. Vlad Mykhnenko: Strengths and Weaknesses of 'Weak' Co-ordination: Economic institutions, revealed comparative advantages and socio-economic performance of Mixed-Market Economies in Poland and Ukraine

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Bob Hancké is a Reader in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previous appointments were at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, at the J.F. Kennedy School and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI in Florence, and as a doctoral researcher at MIT. He wrote Large Firms and Institutional Change (Oxford University Press 2002), and participated in the project that led to Varieties of Capitalism¸ edited by Peter Hall and David Soskice (Oxford University Press 2001). His research interests are the political economy of advanced capitalist societies, the relation between institutions and macro-economic policy, and labour relations. Martin Rhodes is a Professor of Comparative Political Economy, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, Colorado. Until December 2005, he was Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Social and Political Science at the European University Institute in Florence. He has written widely on issues of comparative European political economy, including social pacts and welfare and labour market reform, and is currently directing a project on pensions systems and pension reforms in Europe. He is the scientific director of the European research consortium on 'New Modes of Governance' and within that consortium is running a new project on social pacts and tripartism in western and eastern Europe with Jelle Visser of the University of Amsterdam. Mark Thatcher is a Reader in Public Administration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College Oxford, then qualified as a Barrister, and took his doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford. He spent five years researching and lecturing in Paris (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle, Sciences-Po Paris), before joining LSE in 1995. He has been a Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence. His research interests are Comparative Public Policy and Regulation in Europe; Telecommunications and other utilities; Independent Regulatory Agencies.

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Special Features

  • Critically analyzes developments in European Political Economy and their effects on the continental European economies
  • Leading political economists from Europe and the US consider how the influential 'Varieties of Capitalism' approach can help us understand these challenges
  • The editors, Peter Hall, and David Soskice debate the criticisms levelled at the 'Varieties of Capitalism' approach