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Comparing Policy Networks

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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521499279

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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. Through interviews with more than 350 key labor policy organizations in all three countries, the authors reveal similar conflict divisions between business and labor interests but also distinctive patterns within each nation.

    • Compares labor politics in the US, Germany, and Japan during the 1980s
    • Offers a unique blend of historical and contemporary research on labor politics in the three nations
    • Uses network analysis and exchange model methods
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521499279
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.413kg
    • contains: 30 line figures
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and figures
    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
    Tables and figures.

  • Authors

    David Knoke, University of Minnesota

    Franz Urban Pappi, Universität Mannheim, Germany

    Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota

    Yutaka Tsujinaka, University of Tsukuba, Japan

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