Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare
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Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare by Torben Iversen
Book DescriptionThis book, first published in 2005, builds on institutionalist theory in both economics and political science to offer a general political economy framework for the study of welfare capitalism. Based on the key idea that social protection in a modern economy, both inside and outside the state, can be understood as protection of specific investments in human capital, the book offers a systematic explanation of popular preferences for redistributive spending, the economic role of political parties and electoral systems, and labor market stratification (including gender inequality). Contrary to the popular idea that competition in the global economy undermines international differences in the level of social protection, the book argues that these differences are made possible by a high international division of labor. Such a division is what allows firms to specialize in production that requires an abundant supply of workers with specific skills, and hence high demand for protection.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521613071
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Torben Iversen
Women, Work, and Politics, Paperback (September 2011)
Looking at women's power in the home, in the workplace, and in politics from a political economy perspective, this title demonstrates that equality is tied to demand for women's labour outside the home, which is a function of structural, political, and institutional conditions.
Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare, Hardback (July 2005)
This book, first published in 2005, offers a comprehensive political economy approach to the study of the welfare state and inequality.
Unions, Employers, and Central Banks, Hardback (April 2000)
Focuses on important political-economic changes in industrialized countries, namely unemployment and inequality.
Contested Economic Institutions, Paperback (August 1999)» View all books by Torben Iversen
This book helps explain one of the most politically salient puzzles in comparative political economy: why some countries have much higher unemployment rates than others.
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Author Biography - Torben Iversen
Torben Iversen is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Contested Economic Institutions: The Politics of Macroeconomics and Wage Bargaining (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and co-editor of Unions, Employers and Central Bankers: Macroeconomic Coordination and Institutional Change in Social Market Economies (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He is also the author or co-author of articles in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Public Choice, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and World Politics, as well as numerous edited volumes.
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