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The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth, and Equality (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

Cathie Jo Martin

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ISBN 10: 1107603641 / ISBN 13: 9781107603646
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Title: The Political Construction of Business ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2012

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Many societies use labor market coordination to maximize economic growth and equality, yet employers' willing cooperation with government and labor is something of a mystery. The Political Construction of Business Interests recounts employers' struggles to define their collective social identities at turning points in capitalist development. Employers are most likely to support social investments in countries with strong peak business associations, that help members form collective preferences and realize policy goals in labor market negotiations. Politicians, with incentives shaped by governmental structures, took the initiative in association-building and those that created the strongest associations were motivated to evade labor radicalism and to preempt parliamentary democratization. Sweeping in its historical and cross-national reach, the book builds on original archival data, interviews, and cross-national quantitative analyses. The research has important implications for the construction of business as a social class and powerful ramifications for equality, welfare state restructuring and social solidarity.

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The Political Construction of Business Interests investigates the contribution of business coordination to equality and solidarity. This book recounts the development of encompassing employers' associations and the subsequent paradoxical positive effect of these associations on employers' views toward social policies. This research has important implications for the construction of business as a social class and powerful ramifications for equality, welfare state restructuring, and social solidarity.

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