Business and Banking: Political Change and Economic Integration in Western Europe

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Cornell University Press, 1993 - Business & Economics - 261 pages
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"As part of the postwar settlement, and especially since the 1960s, small European democracies instituted many entitlement programs and redistributive income policies. Each country has responded differently, however, to the economic stagnation that followed the turmoil in world trade and monetary relations of the 1970s. Comparing the recent history of relations among business, labor, and government in four countries, Paulette Kurzer addresses complex questions at the heart of contemporary debates in political economy." "Kurzer challenges the assumption that the evolution of social arrangements between government, labor, and employers can be understood without examining the interests of capital and trends toward transnationalization." "Business and Banking will be required reading for anyone concerned with the future balance between political and social institutions in Europe - including political scientists, comparativists, political economists, economic historians, and others interested in finance and public policy."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

The Theoretical Framework
3
Introduction to the Four Political Economies
24
From Social Concertation to Neoliberal Restructuring
55
Holding Companies in Belgium and Austria
82
Transnational Corporations in the Netherlands
108
Central Bank Independence in Belgium
136
Dependent Central Banks in Austria and Sweden
164
The Question of Community Membership
195
European Integration in the 198os
217
The Future of Social Democracy
244
Index
255
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Paulette Kurzer is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the division of History and Society at Babson College.

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