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The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination Growth and Equality (English) (Hardcover)

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ISBN: 9781107018662    Publisher: Cambridge University Press Year of publishing: 2012     Format:  Hardcover No of Pages: 328        Language: English
Many societies use labor market coordination to maximize economic growth and equality yet employers' willing cooperation with government and labor is something of a mystery. The Political Construction...Read more
Many societies use labor market coordination to maximize economic growth and equality yet employers' willing cooperation with government and labor is something of a mystery. The Political Construction of Business Interests recounts employers' struggles to define their collective social identities at turning points in capitalist development. Employers are most likely to support social investments in countries with strong peak business associations that help members form collective preferences and realize policy goals in labor market negotiations. Politicians with incentives shaped by governmental structures took the initiative in association-building and those that created the strongest associations were motivated to evade labor radicalism and to preempt parliamentary democratization. Sweeping in its historical and cross-national reach the book builds on original archival data interviews and cross-national quantitative analyses. The research has important implications for the construction of business as a social class and powerful ramifications for equality welfare state restructuring and social solidarity.
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About the author: Cathie Jo Martin
Cathie Jo Martin is Professor of Political Science at Boston University and former chair of the Council for European Studies. She is the author of Stuck... Read more
Cathie Jo Martin is Professor of Political Science at Boston University and former chair of the Council for European Studies. She is the author of Stuck in Neutral: Business and the Politics of Human Capital Investment Policy (2000) and Shifting the Burden: The Struggle over Growth and Corporate Taxation (1991) and has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute and the Russell Sage Foundation. Duane Swank is Professor of Political Science at Marquette University and Vice President/President-Elect of the American Political Science Association Organized Section in Comparative Politics. He is the author of Global Capital, Political Institutions, and Policy Change in Developed Welfare States (Cambridge 2002) and has held fellowships with the German Marshall Fund and at the Australian National University.
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Review:
'Why do employers cooperate with the state in some nations, but elsewhere resist its incursions? How do employers become not just economic, but political actors? Such are the questions grappled...Read more
'Why do employers cooperate with the state in some nations, but elsewhere resist its incursions? How do employers become not just economic, but political actors? Such are the questions grappled with in this methodologically sophisticated, massively documented study that impressively covers both sides of the Atlantic from the nineteenth century to the present.' Peter Baldwin, University of California, Los Angeles 'Why do the wealthy countries with the strongest business communities have the most generous social welfare systems and the least inequality? Using rich historical analysis coupled with sophisticated statistical studies, Martin and Swank offer a fresh and compelling answer. They show that business interests are shaped by the structure of democratic governance. This marvelous book challenges our most fundamental ideas about where group interests come from, and it has important, and unsettling, implications for the future of equality and democracy.' Frank Dobbin, Harvard University 'The Political Construction of Business Interests is an impressive book that takes on multiple issues and, in order to address them, mobilizes statistical estimations, case studies grounded in archival research, and interview data. Whatever controversies it ignites, however, this book is a major achievement. Vastly illuminating about the origins of business associations, it shows that those associations are important to a wide range of social outcomes about which we should all care.' Peter A. Hall, Harvard University
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