Neoliberal Corporatism

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.

Considering the increasing sense of urgency about climate change and governments’ potential role in facilitating change through adopting more ambitious mitigation policies, one important question is how different modes of governance make it easier or more difficult to effect the needed change. The failings of the alternative, corporatist model of capitalism provide a warning to those who now want to reshape liberal market economies. The Wirecard scandal reveals the dangers of downplaying market forces in favour of broader social goals leading to the cover-up of unlawful corruption. Sharp analyses of topical news from a political science perspective, research summaries and the latest expert thinking.

In the comparative study of Denmark, the Netherlands and Austria, Mikkel Mailand illustrates how the frequency of tripartite agreements has either been stable or has increased since the Great Recession of 2008, in spite of challenges from trade unions’ loss of power and political developments. He therefore demonstrates that social partners are still strong enough to be included in corporatist arrangements. Moreover, the book posits that economic crisis in a 30 year perspective appears a stronger explanatory factor for corporatist development than social partner strength, government strength and government ideology. The ensuing changes in the world economy have been described as being part of the “new international division of labour”. Essentially, technological changes offered the possibility production occurring around the globe without the constraints of time and space. Consequently regions and localities attempted to develop a relative autonomy from the central state in making themselves attractive as sites across which international economic transactions would flow.

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Free markets, limited government, democracy and individual rights have delivered immense human prosperity. They claim the crisis has shown the need for a bigger state as well as a new mission for business that downgrades the importance of profit. We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership.