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In Recasting Welfare Capitalism, Mark Vail employs a sophisticated and original theoretical approach to compare welfare states and political-economic adjustment in Germany and France. He examines how and why institutional change takes place and what factors characterize economic evolution when moving from times of prosperity to more austere periods and back again. Covering the 1970s to the present, Vail analyzes social and economic reforms, including labor policy, social-insurance, and anti-poverty programs. He focuses on the tactics and actions of key political players, and demolishes the stagnation argument that suggests that France and Germany have largely frozen political economies, incapable of reform.

Vail finds that these respective evolutions involve interrelated changes in social and economic policies and are characterized by political relationships that are continuously renegotiated—often in unpredictable ways. In the process, he presents a compelling reconceptualization of change in both the welfare state and the broader political economy during an age of globalization.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vi
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xii-xv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xvi-xix
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  1. Introduction: Recasting Welfare Capitalism in an Age of Austerity
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 1 The Politics of Austerity in Advanced Industrial Democracies
  2. pp. 16-33
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  1. 2 The Rise and Fall of the Postwar Golden Age and the Development of French and German Welfare Capitalism
  2. pp. 34-49
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  1. 3 Recasting France’s Political-Economic Order:The Demise of Dirigisme and the Turn to the Market
  2. pp. 50-65
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  1. 4 German Reunification and the Economic and Social Incorporation of Eastern Germany
  2. pp. 66-81
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  1. 5 Modernizing the French and German Labor Markets in an Age of Austerity
  2. pp. 82-114
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  1. 6 The Shifting Politics of French and German Social-Insurance Reform
  2. pp. 115-143
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  1. 7 New Social Rights in France and Germany
  2. pp. 144-160
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  1. Conclusion: French and German Welfare-Capitalist Adjustment in Historical and Comparative Perspective
  2. pp. 161-172
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 173-220
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781592139699
MARC Record
OCLC
607552543
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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