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Gobeyn presents the first book-length treatment of the declining significance of corporatist governance in advanced capitalism, linking that decline to international political economic forces. He contends that current patterns of conflict within corporatist political bargaining institutions in capitalist states can be traced to attitudinal shifts on the part of capitalists toward corporatist institutional arrangements. Business interests, it is argued, may no longer be viewing traditional practices of national corporatist action as either beneficial or necessary given recent changes in domestic and international economic environments. Recent state modifications to corporatist forms have therefore been initiated.
- Table of Contents
Introduction: Modern Corporatism in Theory and Practice
The Modern Corporatist State: Liberal and Marxist Conceptualizations and Analytical Approaches
The Utility and Effectiveness of Corporatist Political Structures in Advanced Capitalism
On the Decline of Corporatist Concertation in Advanced Capitalism
Economic Policy and Industrial Relations in a Less Corporatist Europe
Gobeyn nicely clarifies key issues and critiques both the liberal and Marxist approaches, slighly leaning toward the latter, without returning to a pluralist paradigm.