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.
It argues that the failures of both these regimes were avoidable, and the outcome of ‘political’ rather than economic variables. It concludes by calling for economic policies that take more account of their political implications, and of … Read More