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Policy Concertation and Social Partnership in Western Europe
Lessons for the Twenty-first Century
Edited by Stefan Berger and Hugh Compston
400 pages, 1 figure, 39 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-702-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (February 2002)
ISBN 978-1-57181-494-4 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (February 2002)
eISBN 978-1-78238-984-2 eBook
"The scope of the book is impressive." · Church and State in Contemporary Europe
Policy concertation - the determination of public policy by means of agreements struck between governments, employers and trade unions - continues to thrive in Western Europe despite the impact of liberalizing trends that were expected to lead to its demise.
This volume brings together a team of 23 experts with the aim to undertake paired historical and political studies of policy concertation in ten West European countries, which were then subjected to systematic comparative analysis. It shows that overall the incidence of broad policy concertation in Western Europe can be explained by the changing configurations of just three variables.
Stefan Berger is Professor of History at the University of Glamorgan.
Hugh Compston is Lecturer in European Politics in the School of European Studies, Cardiff University.
Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Introduction: The Strange Persistence of Policy Concertation
PART I: COUNTRY STUDIES
Chapter 1. Austria in Historical Perspective: From Civil War to Social Partnership
Chapter 2. Austria in the 1990s: The Routine of Social Partnership in Question?
Emmerich Tálos and Bernhard Kittel
Chapter 3. Britain in Historical Perspective: From War Concertation to the Destruction of the Social Contract
Chapter 4. Britain in the 1990s: The Absence of Policy Concertation
Chapter 5. Denmark in Historical Perspective: Towards Conflict-Based Consensus
Carsten Strøby Jensen
Chapter 6. Denmark in the 1990s: Status Quo or a More Self-Confident State?
Chapter 7. France in Historical Perspective: The Impossibility of Partnership
Chapter 8. France in the 1990s: Struggling with the Weight of History
Chapter 9. Germany in Historical Perspective: The Gap Between Theory and Practice
Chapter 10. Germany in the 1990s: The Impact of Reunification
Chapter 11. Ireland in Historical Perspective: The Legacies of Colonialism – Edging Towards Policy Concertation
Chapter 12. Ireland in the 1990s: Policy Concertation Triumphant
Rory O'Donnell and Damian Thomas
Chapter 13. Italy in Historical Perspective: The Legacies of Fascism and Anti-Fascism
Chapter 14. Italy in the 1990s: Policy Concertation Resurgent
Chapter 15. The Netherlands in Historical Perspective: The Rise and Fall of Dutch Policy Concertation
Chapter 16. The Netherlands in the 1990s: Towards 'Flexible Corporatism' in the Polder Model
Chapter 17. Spain in Historical Perspective: Fascist Corporatism and Social Pacts
Robert A. Robinson
Chapter 18. Spain in the 1990s: Strategic Concertation
Miguel Martínez Lucio
Chapter 19. Sweden in Historical Perspective: The Rise and Fall of the Swedish Model
Chapter 20. Sweden in the 1990s: The Demise of Policy Concertation and Social Partnership and Its Sudden Reappearance in 1998
Victor A. Pestoff
PART II: COMPARISONS AND CONCLUSIONS
Chapter 21. The Politics of Policy Concertation in the 1990s: The Role of Ideas
Chapter 22. Social Partnership 1880–1989: The Deep Historical Roots of Diverse Strategies
Chapter 23. Policy Concertation in Western Europe: A Configurational Approach
Notes on Contributors
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