Social Concertation as a Political Strategy
April 11, 2013
in Afonso, A (2013) Social Concertation in Times of Austerity. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 25-52.
This paper outlines evolutions in the underlying logic of corporatist policymaking in Western Europe. Starting from the discrepancy between the observable decline in the power of organised labour on the one hand, and the persistence of corporatist concertation as a mode of policymaking on the other, the paper outlines the remaining incentives for governments to involve trade unions and employers in policymaking. The paper shifts the focus from the traditional structural explanations of corporatist policymaking to political explanations emphasising political support, compliance and knowledge. The paper then outlines a few elements regarding the relationship between political and partisan configurations on corporatism.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 57
Keywords: neocorporatism, policymaking, trade unions, employers
JEL Classification: J58
Date posted: April 14, 2011 ; Last revised: April 15, 2013