The British variety of capitalism: Institutional change, industrial relations and British politics

Title:
The British variety of capitalism: Institutional change, industrial relations and British politics
Authors:
Howell, Chris
Abstract:
Institutionalist approaches to the study of politics have long exhibited a tendency to emphasize continuity at the expense of change. This article seeks to elaborate an institutionalist theoretical framework that explicitly integrates a theory of change--one which emphasizes the interaction between structural economic change and state action--and to illustrate it through an examination of the evolution of postwar British industrial relations institutions. The article examines the British variety of capitalism in comparative perspective to ask first, how adequately it has been characterized in the past, and second, how it has changed in response to both domestic and international factors. The British case is, in fact, a pivotal one for contemporary institutional theory because it appears to manifest greater institutional change than most institutional approaches anticipate, and because the British political economy is not easily assimilated into common typologies of varieties of capitalism. The picture that emerges challenges institutionalist accounts of British political economy that characterize Britain as a long-standing liberal market economy and identifies the conditions under which the institutions regulating the labor market and class relations were transformed in postwar Britain.
Citation:
Howell, Chris. "The British Variety of Capitalism: Institutional Change, Industrial Relations and British Politics" British Politics, 2: 2 (July 2007), pp. 239-263.
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
DATE ISSUED:
2007-07
Department:
Politics
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1057/palgrave.bp.4200050
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309840

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dc.contributor.authorHowell, Chrisen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:19:22Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:19:22Zen
dc.date.issued2007-07en
dc.identifier.citationHowell, Chris. "The British Variety of Capitalism: Institutional Change, Industrial Relations and British Politics" British Politics, 2: 2 (July 2007), pp. 239-263.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1746-918Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309840en
dc.description.abstractInstitutionalist approaches to the study of politics have long exhibited a tendency to emphasize continuity at the expense of change. This article seeks to elaborate an institutionalist theoretical framework that explicitly integrates a theory of change--one which emphasizes the interaction between structural economic change and state action--and to illustrate it through an examination of the evolution of postwar British industrial relations institutions. The article examines the British variety of capitalism in comparative perspective to ask first, how adequately it has been characterized in the past, and second, how it has changed in response to both domestic and international factors. The British case is, in fact, a pivotal one for contemporary institutional theory because it appears to manifest greater institutional change than most institutional approaches anticipate, and because the British political economy is not easily assimilated into common typologies of varieties of capitalism. The picture that emerges challenges institutionalist accounts of British political economy that characterize Britain as a long-standing liberal market economy and identifies the conditions under which the institutions regulating the labor market and class relations were transformed in postwar Britain.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillanen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1057/palgrave.bp.4200050en
dc.subject.departmentPoliticsen_US
dc.titleThe British variety of capitalism: Institutional change, industrial relations and British politicsen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalBritish Politicsen_US
dc.subject.keywordNew institutionalismen_US
dc.subject.keywordPolitical economyen_US
dc.subject.keywordIndustrial relationsen_US
dc.subject.keywordLabor marketen_US
dc.subject.keywordBritish stateen_US
dc.subject.keywordInstitutional changeen_US
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