Taxation, Wage Bargaining, and Unemployment

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Februar 2006



In an effort to explain cross-national and temporal changes in employment outcomes, this book examines a political exchange between unions and governments, during which unions voluntarily agreed to pursue moderate wage settlements, while governments responded with an expansion of social policy transfers. The book shows how the growth in the tax burden necessary to finance existing social policy commitments has undermined the effectiveness of this political exchange and its ability to restore high levels of employment.


Introduction: does the welfare state hurt unemployment; 1. The economic and political consequences of welfare state maturation; 2. A quantitative analysis; 3. Sweden; 4. Germany; 5. Britain; Conclusion: new social pacts in contemporary Europe.


Isabela Mares is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is the author of The Politics of Social Risk: Business and Welfare Development (Cambridge University Press, 2003), which won the Gregory Luebbert Award of the American Political Science Association for best book in comparative politics. Her articles have appeared in International Organization, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Politics and Society, Governance, Journal of Public Policy, Studie Politiczne and various edited volumes.


"There is no doubt at all that this book will change the terms of the debate on the political economy of unemployment. It provides for the first time a simple political economic argument which purports to explain movements of unemployment rates both over time (long periods of time), and across advanced economies. From this perspective it is a huge achievement which Professor Mares manages to make look extremely simple. No other book has tried to explain in a unified way the long term and comparative trends in unemployment. A formidable achievement." David Soskice, Duke University "The book makes a highly original attempt to account for the secular rise of permanent long-term unemployment in European countries, by incorporating the maturation of the welfare state as an important additional factor in current theories of wage formation. Linking collective bargaining and social policy in a novel way, Mares opens new perspectives on the politics of Social Pacts during the 1990s." Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
EAN: 9780521857420
ISBN: 0521857422
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Comparati'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 266 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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