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Social Pacts in Europe: Emergence, Evolution, and Institutionalization

Sabina Avdagic, Martin Rhodes, and Jelle Visser


The result of a four-year long comparative research study centred at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and financed by the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme, this book presents the first full-length theoretical and comparative empirical study of new social pacts in Europe. Its aim is to bring the level of sophistication achieved in an earlier literature on neo-corporatism to the more contemporary phenomenon of ‘social pacting’. The book brings a wide range of complementary theories to bear on the emergence, evolution, and institutionalization of pacts, compare ... More

Keywords: Europe, social pacts, corporatism, economic adjustment, game theory, new institutionalism

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199590742
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabina Avdagic, editor
Research Fellow, Department of Politics and Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex
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Martin Rhodes, editor
Professor of Comparative Political Economy, University of Denver
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Jelle Visser, editor
Professor of Empirical Sociology, University of Amsterdam
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Part I:Analysing Social Pacts

1 Introduction

Sabina Avdagic, Martin Rhodes, and Jelle Visser

Part II:Analytical Framework

4 The Evolution of Social Pacts

Jelle Visser and Martin Rhodes

Part III:Case Studies

5 Ireland: Two Trajectories of Institutionalization

Rory O’Donnell, Maura Adshead, and Damian Thomas

6 Italy: The Rise and Decline of Social Pacts

Marino Regini and Sabrina Colombo

7 Portugal: From Broad Strategic Pacts to Policy-Specific Agreements

Maria da Paz Campos Lima and Reinhard Naumann

8 Spain: From Tripartite to Bipartite Pacts

Oscar Molina and Martin Rhodes

10 Slovenia: Social Pacts and Political Exchange

Miroslav Stanojević and Alenka Krašovec

Part IV:Synthesis

11 Conclusions: Reassessing the Framework

Sabina Avdagic, Martin Rhodes, and Jelle Visser

End Matter