Policy Concertation and Social Partnership in Western Europe: Lessons for the 21st Century

Policy Concertation and Social Partnership in Western Europe: Lessons for the 21st Century

Policy Concertation and Social Partnership in Western Europe: Lessons for the 21st Century

Policy Concertation and Social Partnership in Western Europe: Lessons for the 21st Century

Synopsis

Policy concertation - the determination of public policy by means of agreements struck between governments, employers and trade unions - continues to thrive in Western Europe despite the impact of liberalizing trends that were expected to lead to its demise.

This volume brings together a team of 23 experts with the aim to undertake paired historical and political studies of policy concertation in ten West European countries, which were then subjected to systematic comparative analysis. It shows that overall the incidence of broad policy concertation in Western Europe can be explained by the changing configurations of just three variables.

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