The Changing Political Economies of Small West European Countries

Edited by Uwe Becker

The Changing Political Economies of Small West European Countries
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Edited by Uwe Becker

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

240 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089643315 Published April 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This important volume sheds light on a group of smaller European countries, often overlooked in economic discussions, that share a high degree of corporatism—Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. The contributors to this book investigate the various trajectories of these countries’ economies, with particular consideration devoted to their welfare systems, corporate governance, and labor markets from the early 1990s to the economic crisis of 2008. Importantly, The Changing Political Economies of Small West European Countries also investigates various nations as possible socio-economic models for pan-European capitalism.

Preface and Acknowledgements

1. Introduction
      Uwe Becker
2. The Variety of Capitalism in Sweden and Finland: Continuity Through Change
      Karl-Oskar Lindgren
3. Change and Continuity in Danish and Norwegian Capitalism: Corporatism and Beyond
      Mikkel Mailand
4. Coming Together But Staying Apart: Continuity and Change in the Austrian and Swiss Varieties of Capitalism
      Alexandre Afonso and André Mach
5. Liberal Convergence, Growing Outcome Divergence? Institutional Continuity and Changing Trajectories in the 'Low Countries'
      Hester Houwing and Kurt Vandaele
6. Small Countries, Big Countries under Conditions of Europeanisation and Globalisation
      Vivien A. Schmidt
7. The Small Corporatist Political Economies as European Socio-Economic Model?
      Uwe Becker and Kees van Kersbergen

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