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Putting Comparative Capitalism Research in its Place: Varieties of Capitalism in Transition Economies (Institutionalismus jenseits der ‚Spielarten des Kapitalismus‘: Transitionsökonomien in der Vergleichenden Kapitalismusforschung)

In Vergleichende Kapitalismusforschung. Stand, Perspektiven, Kritik. Edited by Ian Bruff, Matthias Ebenau, Christian May, & Andreas Nölke. Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2013.

19 Pages Posted: 10 May 2012 Last revised: 10 Mar 2014

Jan Drahokoupil

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES); European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Martin Myant

University of the West of Scotland

Date Written: May 24, 2012

Abstract

This chapter provides a state of the art of the comparative capitalism literature by reviewing the discussion on the ‘varieties of capitalism’ both in the developed economies and outside of the traditional capitalist core. It introduces an approach to the capitalist variety in transition economies in order to make a case for typological theories of economic performance. The chapter is selective in its focus on the ‘varieties of capitalism’ debate, but the latter was extremely influential in shaping the comparative capitalism research in the last two decades. we will argue that the comparative capitalism research, the ‘varieties of capitalism’ approach in particular, was a victim of its success. The debate it triggered has made many of its weak points apparent, but the added value of the paradigm, its original aims, got lost in the discussion that often blamed the ‘varieties of capitalism’ for failing to deliver on agendas that were beyond its aims.

Keywords: varieties of capitalism, transition economies, Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia

JEL Classification: P16

Suggested Citation

Drahokoupil, Jan and Myant, Martin, Putting Comparative Capitalism Research in its Place: Varieties of Capitalism in Transition Economies (Institutionalismus jenseits der ‚Spielarten des Kapitalismus‘: Transitionsökonomien in der Vergleichenden Kapitalismusforschung) (May 24, 2012). In Vergleichende Kapitalismusforschung. Stand, Perspektiven, Kritik. Edited by Ian Bruff, Matthias Ebenau, Christian May, & Andreas Nölke. Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2013.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2055200

Jan Drahokoupil (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://drahokoupil.blogspot.com

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Martin Myant

University of the West of Scotland ( email )

Paisley High Street
PA1 2BE
Paisley, Scotland PA1 2BE
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.paisley.ac.uk/schoolsdepts/business/cces/researchers/martin-myant.asp

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