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Inequality and Prosperity: Social Europe Vs. Liberal America (Cornell Studies in Political Economy)

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What are the relative merits of the American and European socioeconomic systems? Long-standing debates have heated up in recent years with the expansion of the European Union and increasingly sharp political and cultural differences between the United States and Europe. In Inequality and Prosperity, Jonas Pontusson provides a comparative overview of the two major models of labor markets and welfare systems in the advanced industrial world: the liberal capitalist system of the United States and Britain and the social market capitalism of northern Europe. These two models balance concerns of efficiency and equity in fundamentally different ways. In the 1990s the much-heralded forces of globalization (together with demographic changes and attendant political pressures) seemed to threaten the very existence of the social-market economies of Europe. Were the social compacts of Sweden and Germany outmoded? Would varieties of capitalism remain possible, or were labor-market and social-welfare arrangements converging on the U.S. norm? Pontusson opposes the notion of inevitable convergence: he believes that social-market economies can survive and indeed flourish in the contemporary world economy. He bases his argument on an enormous amount of highly specialized research on eighteen countries, using national-level data for the last thirty years. Among the areas he explores are labor-market dynamics, income distribution, employment performance, wage bargaining, firm-level performance, and the changing possibilities for the welfare state.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801489709
Author:
Pontusson, Jonas
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Income distribution
Subject:
Economics - Macroeconomics
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Income distribution -- United States.
Subject:
United States Economic conditions 1945-
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cornell Studies in Political Economy
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
242
Dimensions:
9.30x7.06x.62 in. .75 lbs.

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