The conditions for pacts: a fuzzy set analysis of the resurgence of tripartite concertation

Avdagic, Sabina (2011) The conditions for pacts: a fuzzy set analysis of the resurgence of tripartite concertation. In: Avdagic, Sabina, Rhodes, Martin and Visser, Jelle (eds.) Social pacts in Europe: emergence, evolution and institutionalization. Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, pp. 17-44. ISBN 9780199590742

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Abstract

This paper presents a fuzzy-set analysis (fs/QCA) of fourteen West European countries during the 1990s. Comparing the extent of government involvement and the policy scope of social pacts, the chapter measures variation in the degree to which these countries relied on concertation as a mechanism of economic adjustment. The analysis of the necessary and sufficient conditions for pacts helps answer two key questions: why were pacts struck in some countries but not others; and second, is there more than one causal pathway behind these concerted agreements? The analysis reveals three pathways to pacts and demonstrates that a high economic problem load generates pacts only when combined with particular political and institutional conditions, namely the prevalence of electorally weak governments and moderately strong unions.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Sabina Avdagic
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:47
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2016 09:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28106
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