In The Absence Of Private Property Rights

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It is also a business whose rogue ice-cream brand Ben & Jerry’s insists on repeatedly rallying against Western foreign policy whether it’s Israeli settlements in the West Bank, or Joe Biden’s decision to send additional troops to eastern Europe in an effort to dissuade Russia from invading Ukraine. Not only do some want the state to be more involved in the affairs of business, many also want business to be more involved in the affairs of the state. This applies across social and environmental issues under the guise of ‘stakeholder capitalism’, replacing traditional profit-driven ‘shareholder capitalism’. Businesses, it is claimed, should accept lower profits in order to contribute towards social and environmental goals. If the economy is going to flourish after the crisis, the state will need to allow the private sector to adapt to its new circumstances.

In order to negotiate this autonomy and these transactions, local and regional interests are incorporating themselves into some policy arrangements with the local/regional state. Despite the demise of corporatism at a national level, it re-appears at a decentralised or devolved level as part of a mode or modes of regulation consistent with the new circumstances. What this research examines is the relationship between the decentralisation of state functions stemming from the decentralisation of production and corporatism. France and one of its largest regions was chosen to study because they represent an unpromising case because of the historical antipathy to corporatism. In the circumstances of the “new international division of labour” and the formal decentralisation of state powers and means of financing them in France, since 1982, regional interest groups have organised within a concerted framework with the recently empowered local/regional state.

The national basis of economic regulation was weakened and the legitimacy of major components of the mode of regulation, like corporatism, undermined. Through our imprint ECPR Press and via the OUP Comparative Politics book series, we publish research by, and for the political science community. This illuminating book considers the roles of social partners in regulating work and welfare through corporatist arrangements in three countries – all of which have strong traditions for social partner involvement. Businesses that adopt a social justice agenda risk being perceived as incompetent – since they cannot live up to lofty goals that often require political collective action – and often face accusations of being cynical and hypocritical.

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AbstractThis paper summarises the institutional arrangements and prerequisites for a new social partnership, necessary for the successful completion of labour market reform in western Germany. It does this by drawing on key policies and proposals highlighted and explored in the papers of this special issue. The paper elaborates further on these issues by outlining the importance of the labour market and its institutions in the German social market economy before turning to the case for reform.