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A structural fit between states and markets? Public administration regimes and market economy models in the OECD

Markus Tepe, Karin Gottschall and Bernhard Kittel

in Socio-Economic Review

Published on behalf of Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

Volume 8, issue 4, pages 653-684
Published in print October 2010 | ISSN: 1475-1461
Published online August 2010 | e-ISSN: 1475-147X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwq019
A structural fit between states and markets? Public administration regimes and market economy models in the OECD

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This article examines the relationship between public administration regimes and market economy models in 20 member countries from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Building on Pollitt and Bouckaert's (2004) description of politico-administrative regimes, we compile a data set of cross-national public administration indicators to explore public employment and politico-administrative regulation. Our explorative statistical analysis identifies three distinct public administration regimes: an Anglo-American, a French/German and a Scandinavian regime. The Anglo-American and French/German regimes show, especially with regard to public employment regulation, a high degree of institutional coherence with the co-ordination rules applying to the market economy. Findings for the Scandinavian administration regime do not support the institutional coherence argument, which leads us to conclude that the legal origin of a country may play an important role in linking and synchronizing the mode of regulation in the public and private spheres of the political economy.

Keywords: public administration; varieties of capitalism; markets; state; employment; P5 comparative economic systems; H7 state and local government; J5 labor–management relations

Journal Article.  9902 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy ; Corporate Social Responsibility ; Welfare Economics ; Political Economy ; Economic Sociology

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