How Institutions Evolve
The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan
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How Institutions Evolve by Kathleen Thelen
Book DescriptionThe institutional arrangements governing skill formation are widely seen as a key element in the institutional constellations defining 'varieties of capitalism' across the developed democracies. This book explores the origins and evolution of such institutions in four countries - Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan. It traces cross-national differences in contemporary training regimes back to the nineteenth century, and specifically to the character of the political settlement achieved among employers in skill-intensive industries, artisans, and early trade unions. The book also tracks evolution and change in training institutions over a century of development, uncovering important continuities through putative 'break points' in history. Crucially, it also provides insights into modes of institutional change that are incremental but cumulatively transformative. The study underscores the limits of the most prominent approaches to institutional change, and identifies the political processes through which the form and functions of institutions can be radically reconfigured over time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521546744
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kathleen Thelen
Advances in Comparative-Historical Analysis, Hardback (July 2015)
This book situates comparative-historical analysis within contemporary debates in political science and explores the latest theoretical and conceptual advances.
Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity, Hardback (March 2014)
This book examines contemporary changes in labor market institutions in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Explaining Institutional Change, Hardback (October 2009)
The essays in this book contribute to emerging debates in political science and sociology on institutional change, providing a theoretical framework and empirical applications.
Beyond Continuity, Paperback (March 2005)» View all books by Kathleen Thelen
Examines theories of institutional change, and highlights their limitations. This title shows that models of institutional change exist which can be meaningfully distinguished and analytically compared. It presents a typology of modes of institutional change that offer insights on mechanisms of social and political stability, and evolution.
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Author Biography - Kathleen Thelen
Kathleen Thelen is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. She is the author of Union of Parts: Labor Politics in Postwar Germany and co-editor of Structuring Politics: Historical Institutionalism in Comparative Analysis. Her work on labor politics and on historical institutionalism has appeared in, among others, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, The Annual Review of Political Science, Politics and Society, and Comparative Politics. She is chair of the Council for European Studies, and serves on the executive boards of the Comparative Politics, European Politics and Society, and Qualitative Methods sections of the American Political Science Association. She has received awards and fellowships from the Max Planck Society, the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, the Society for Comparative Research, the National Science Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, the American Scandinavian Foundation, and the German Academic Exchange Program.
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