Comparing Policy Networks

Comparing Policy Networks : Labor Politics in the U.S., Germany, and Japan

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The United States, Germany, and Japan - the world's three most powerful and successful free market societies - differ strikingly in how their governments relate to their economies. Comparing Policy Networks reports the results of collaborative research by three teams investigating the social organization and policymaking processes of national labor policy domains in the United States, Germany, and Japan during the 1980s. The researchers gathered information about policy goals, communication patterns, and political support connections from 350 key national organizations, including labor unions, business associations, public interest groups, government agencies, and political parties. These networks reveal similar conflict divisions between business and labor interests, but also distinctive patterns within each nation. Unique combinations of informal policy-making networks and the national political institutions may in part explain the differences in power structures and legislative decisions.
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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 line figures
  • 1139174495
  • 9781139174497

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"Comparing Policy Networks is a noteworthy piece of work. Further exploration of the data, using conceptual language of the sort the authors advocate, will very likely make a major contribution to the political economy literature." Roger V. Gould, American Journal of Sociology "...they show how our understanding of the very nature and meaning of the state has improved...the author deftly accomplishes his goal of showing that efficient and rational development is a social fiction whose meaning reflects neither efficiency nor rationality but the larger social fictions of different cutural systems...smoothly written and lively exposition of great coherence." John Boli, ASQ
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Table of contents

List of tables and figures; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Policy-making in the organizational state; 2. Three labor policy domains; 3. Finding domain actors; 4. organizational policy interests; 5. Policy webs: networks, reputations, and activities; 6. Fighting collectively: action sets and events; 7. Exchange processes; 8. Power structures; 9. Variations on a theme of organizational states; Appendix 1. Legislative procedures in three nations; Appendix 2. Labor policy domain organizations; Appendix 3. Labor policy domain issues; Appendix 4. Labor policy domain legislative bills; Footnotes; References; Tables and figures.
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