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Varieties of capitalist debates: how institutions shape public conflicts on economic liberalization in the U.K., France, and Germany


Wüest, Bruno (2010). Varieties of capitalist debates: how institutions shape public conflicts on economic liberalization in the U.K., France, and Germany. CIS Working Paper 64, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Well-known typologies in Comparative Political Economy, like the “Varieties of Capitalism” or the “Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism,” are criticized for neglecting political conflict, because they selectively focus on institutional characteristics, most notably labor relations and welfare regimes. In doing so, they fall short of grasping the whole meaning of their categories. This analysis moves beyond institutionally defined political-economic arrangements and studies the role of public debates for different capitalist models. Using novel relational data from an extensive content analysis of newspapers from 2004 to 2006, political conflicts on economic liberalization in Britain, France, and Germany are explored. More specifically, the paper assesses the structure of conflicts and the influence of various political actors on the debate about economic liberalization. The results reveal persistent national peculiarities with respect to political contention that can plausibly be attributed to the influence of long-term historical legacies and institutional complementaries as outlined by previous typologies.

Abstract

Well-known typologies in Comparative Political Economy, like the “Varieties of Capitalism” or the “Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism,” are criticized for neglecting political conflict, because they selectively focus on institutional characteristics, most notably labor relations and welfare regimes. In doing so, they fall short of grasping the whole meaning of their categories. This analysis moves beyond institutionally defined political-economic arrangements and studies the role of public debates for different capitalist models. Using novel relational data from an extensive content analysis of newspapers from 2004 to 2006, political conflicts on economic liberalization in Britain, France, and Germany are explored. More specifically, the paper assesses the structure of conflicts and the influence of various political actors on the debate about economic liberalization. The results reveal persistent national peculiarities with respect to political contention that can plausibly be attributed to the influence of long-term historical legacies and institutional complementaries as outlined by previous typologies.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:economic liberalization, public debate, institutional complementarities, varieties of capitalism, content analysis
Language:English
Date:12 November 2010
Deposited On:21 Dec 2017 10:57
Last Modified:20 Sep 2018 04:26
Series Name:CIS Working Paper
Number of Pages:34
ISSN:1662-7504
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/gess/cis/cis-dam/Research/Working_Papers/WP_2010/2010_WP64_Wueest.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.cis.ethz.ch/research/working-papers.html (Organisation)
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