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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: June 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. 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.

    • 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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    • Date Published: June 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
    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.

  • 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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