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European Liberalization, National Varieties of Capitalism, and Re-regulation

Georg Menz

in Varieties of Capitalism and Europeanization

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199551033
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701573 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551033.003.0001
European Liberalization, National Varieties of Capitalism, and Re-regulation

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This chapter examines the practical and very concrete impact of Europeanization, and the way in which a sample of diverse organized European varieties of capitalism may respond to and cope with top-down EU-led economic liberalization by devising national response strategies. ‘Europeanization’ is conceptualized as ‘a process reorienting the direction and shape of politics to the degree that EU political and economic dynamics become part of the organizational logic of national politics and policy making’. In analyzing the way in which attempts are made to re-regulate the EU liberalization of service provision, liberal models of politico-economic governance are questioned. National responses to top-down Europeanization are colored by the internal institutional and organizational characteristics of unions and employers, embedded in national systems of political economy and industrial relations.

Keywords: Europeanization; liberalization; capitalism; political economy; employees; industrial relations

Chapter.  7882 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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