Knowledge Regimes and Comparative Political Economy*

John L. Campbell and Ove K. Pederson

in Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736430
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866106 | DOI:
Knowledge Regimes and Comparative Political Economy*

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This chapter draws on comparative political economy to explore the comparative politics of expertise. Comparative political economy in the 1970s and 1980s was largely about variation in the institutional arrangement of political structures, or what we might call policy regimes (e.g., liberal, statist, and corporatist). It argues that what is missing is a comparable discussion of “knowledge regimes”—the institutions through which policy-relevant ideas are generated and percolate into the policy process in ways that affect economic performance. It addresses this omission by introducing and developing the concept of knowledge regimes and comparing knowledge regimes in liberal and coordinated market economies.

Keywords: expertise; comparative politics; knowledge regimes; market economy

Chapter.  10426 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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