Thomas Paster




  The Role of Business in the Development of the Welfare State and Labor Markets in Germany: Containing Social Reforms

2012, London: Routledge
ISBN 978-0-415-61136-7 (hardback)
ISBN 978-1-13-880351-0 (paperback)
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The Role of Business in the Development of the Welfare State and Labor Markets in Germany: Containing Social Reforms. London: Routledge. Routledge/EUI Studies in the Political Economy of Welfare. 2012 [refereed research monograph]
Review by Werner Bührer in the Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte [Journal of Business History], April 2014


Refereed journal articles

"Why Did Austrian Business Oppose Welfare Cuts? How the Organization of Interests Shapes Business Attitudes Toward Social Partnership." Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 47, no. 7 (June 2014), pp.966-992, online version published 25 June 2013, doi: 10.1177/0010414013488556
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"Business and Welfare State Development: Why Did Employers Accept Social Reforms?" World Politics, Vol. 65, no. 3 (July 2013), 416-51, doi:10.1017/S0043887113000117. Published online 18 July 2013.
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"Do German employers support board-level codetermination? The paradox of individual support and collective opposition". Socio-Economic Review. Vol. 10, no. 3 (July 2012), 471-95. Published online 17 August 2011. doi:10.1093/ser/mwr017.
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"The New Modes of EU Governance – Combining Rationalism and Constructivism in Explaining Voluntarist Policy Coordination in the EU". Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (ÖZP). Vol. 34(2) :147-161. 2005
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Refereed working papers

“German Employers and the Origins of Unemployment Insurance: Skills Interest or Strategic Accommodation?” MPIfG Discussion Paper 11/05. Cologne: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.


Book chapters

"Die Rolle der Wirtschaft in der Sozialpolitik: Bremser oder Förderer?" In: MPIfG Jahrbuch 2013-14. Cologne: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, 75-80.
"Die Rolle der Arbeitgeber in der Sozialpolitik" [The Role of Employers in Social Policy] In: Schroeder, Wolfgang & Bernhard Wessels (eds.) Handbuch Arbeitgeber- und Wirtschaftsverbände in Deutschland. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 342-62, 2010.
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Book reviews

Review of Behrens, Martin "Das Paradox der Arbeitgeberverbände. Von der Schwierigkeit, durchsetzungsstarke Unternehmensinteressen kollektiv zu vertreten" In: German Politics. Vol. 21(4). Advance access published 12 November 2012. doi:10.1080/09644008.2012.742661.
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Review of Addison, John "The Economics of Codetermination: Lessons from the German Experience" In: Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 33 (Fall 2011), 193-4.
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"The Renewability of Social Democracy."European Political Science Vol. 7(4):507-12, 2008. A review of Merkel, W., Petring, A., Henkes, C. & Egle, C. 2008. "Social democracy in power: the capacity to reform", London: Routledge.
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Review of Pelinka, Anton/Hummer, Waldemar. "Österreich unter ‘EU-Quarantäne’" Vienna: Linde. In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (ÖZP). 32(4): 490-2, 2003.
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Choosing Lesser Evils: The Role of Business in the Development of the German Welfare State from the 1880s to the 1990s. PhD Thesis, European University Institute, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Florence, 2009 (published in revised form as a book, see above).
The Politics of Pension Reform in Sweden. Master thesis, University of Vienna, Department of Government, 2002 (unpublished, full text available on request).


Other publications (non-refereed)

"Francesco Boldizzoni: The Making and Breaking of Welfare States" In: Gesellschaftsforschung: Newsletter des MPIfG, 1/14. Cologne: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
"Alternativschulen und ihre AbsolventInnen in Österreich: Was wird aus Alternativschulkindern?" unpublished manuscript, Vienna, 1999.



Conference papers

For a list of conference presentations please see here.
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