Social Pacts in Europe: Emergence, Evolution, and Institutionalization

Avdagic, Sabina, Rhodes, M, Visser, J and Unset, eds. (2011) Social Pacts in Europe: Emergence, Evolution, and Institutionalization. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199590742

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The result of a four-year long comparative research study centred at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and financed by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme, this book presents the first full-length theoretical and comparative empirical study of new social pacts in Europe. Its aim is to bring the level of sophistication achieved in an earlier literature on neo-corporatism to the more contemporary phenomenon of 'social pacting'. The book brings a wide range of complementary theories to bear on the emergence, evolution, and institutionalization of pacts, compares systematically a wide range of cases across Europe, and provides in-depth studies of Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and Slovenia. The book contributes to the scholarly debate on economic adjustment and institutional change in European capitalism by focusing on three inter-related questions: (a) what explains national variation in reliance on social pacts? (b) what determines the outcomes of individual pact negotiations? and (c) under what conditions are pacts repeated and become regular features of socio-economic governance? The book's theoretical innovations include a novel application of fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fs/QCA) to help explain national differences in social pact adoption, the application of a game theoretic approach to explain social pact emergence, and a reinterpretation of traditional neo-corporatist and new institutionalist theory to help understand social pact consolidation and institutionalization.

Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: The book includes two of mine single-authored chapters. My main contribution is the chapter that provides the analytical framework which is then applied systematically by the authors of case studies. In addition, I have co-authored the introduction and conclusion, both of which are substantive, comparative papers.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Sabina Avdagic
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:35
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 17:00
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