This book challenges the popular thesis of a downward trend in the viability of welfare states in competitive market economies.
With approaches ranging from historical case studies to cross-national analyses, the contributors explore various aspects of the relationships between welfare states, industrial relations, financial government and production systems. Building upon and combining comparative studies of both the varieties of capitalism and the worlds of welfare state regimes, the book considers issues such as:
*the role of employers and unions in social policy
*the interdependencies between financial markets and pension systems
* the current welfare reform process.
It sheds new light on the tenuous relationship between social policies and market economies and provides thought-provoking reading for students and scholars of Comparative Politics, Public Policy, the Welfare State and Political Economy.

chapter 1|24 pages


Studying varieties of welfare capitalism

part |2 pages

Part I The origins and development of welfare capitalism

chapter 2|25 pages

Business coordination, wage bargaining and the welfare state

Germany and Japan in comparative historical perspective

chapter 3|24 pages

Strategic bargaining and social policy development: unemployment insurance in

Unemployment insurance in France and Germany

chapter 4|27 pages

When labour and capital collude

The political economy of early retirement in Europe, Japan and the USA

part |2 pages

Part II Industrial relations and welfare state regimes

part |2 pages

Part III Pension regimes and financial systems

chapter 8|19 pages

Between financial commitment, market liquidity and corporate governance

Occupational pensions in Britain, Germany, Japan and the USA

chapter 9|25 pages

The forgotten link

The financial regulation of Japanese pension funds in comparative perspective

part |2 pages

Part IV The political economy of welfare state reform

chapter 11|31 pages

The challenge of de-industrialisation

Divergent ideological responses to welfare state reform

part |2 pages

Part V Conclusions

chapter 14|12 pages

Varieties of welfare capitalism

An outlook on future directions of research