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Fritz W. Scharpf and Vivien A. Schmidt (eds.)
Welfare and Work in the Open Economy
Vol I: From Vulnerability and Competitiveness
Vol II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges


Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000
Volume I: £36.00 (paper)
ISBN-10: 0-19-924088-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-924088-3
424 pages
Volume II: £37.00 (paper)
ISBN-10: 0-19-924092-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-924092-0
678 pages
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Abstract | Contents | Editors




Changes in the international environment, from the stagflation of the 1970s to the globalization of capital markets in the 1990s, have challenged the ability of all advanced welfare states to maintain postwar achievements of full employment, social security, and social equality. Nevertheless, national responses and actual performance differed greatly. This two-volume study examines the adjustment to external economic challenges over three decades in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Volume I presents comparative analyses of differences in the vulnerabilities and capabilities of these countries, in the effectiveness of their policy responses, and in the role of values and discourses in the politics of adjustment.
Volume II presents in-depth analyses of the experiences of twelve countries and special studies on the participation of women in the labor market, early retirement, the liberalization of public services, and international tax competition. .




Volume I
1 Fritz W. Scharpf and Vivien A. Schmidt: Introduction
2 Fritz W. Scharpf: Economic Changes, Vulnerabilities, and Institutional Capabilities
3 Anton C. Hemerijck and Martin Schludi: Sequences of Policy Failures and Effective Policy Responses
4 Vivien A. Schmidt: Values and Discourse in the Politics of Adjustment
5 Fritz W. Scharpf and Vivien A. Schmidt: Conclusions

Volume II
1 Introduction
2 Martin Rhodes: Restructuring the British welfare state: Between domestic constraints and global imperatives
3 Herman Schwartz: Internationalization and two liberal welfare states: Australia and New Zealand
4 Giuliano Bonoli and André Mach: Switzerland: Adjustment politics within institutional constraints
5 Anton Hemerijck, Brigitte Unger, and Jelle Visser: How small countries negotiate change -twenty-five years of policy adjustment in Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium
6 Philip Manow and Eric Seils: Adjusting badly: The German welfare state, structural change, and the open economy
7 Jonah D. Levy: France: Directing adjustment?
8 Maurizio Ferrera and Elisabetta Gualmini: Italy: Rescue from without?
9 Mats Benner and Torben Bundgaard Vad: Sweden and Denmark: Defending the Welfare State
10 Mary Daly: A fine balance: Women's labor market participation in international comparison
11 Bernhard Ebbinghaus: Any way out of exit from work? Reversing the entrenched pathways of early retirement?
12 Adrienne Héritier and Susanne K. Schmidt: After liberalization: Public-interest services and employment in the utilities
13 Steffen Ganghof: Adjusting national tax policy to economic internationalization - strategies and outcomes




Prof. Fritz W. Scharpf, Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne. Prof. Vivien A. Schmidt, Professor, Department of International Relations, Boston University.

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