E: Comparative Capitalisms

The general aim of this network is to advance rigorous qualitative and quantitative analyses in comparative and international political economy. The specific aim is to advance research on the diversity of capitalism, focusing among others on growth models (GMs), labor markets, industrial relations, redistribution and systems of social protection. Of particular interest to this network is the analysis of the interactions between growth models, industrial relations institutions (collective bargaining, wage setting, employment protection) and welfare policy, and their theoretical and conceptual contributions to the debate on institutional change in advanced capitalist democracies. 


The network encourages interdisciplinary dialogue that  draws on a variety of theoretical perspectives. Among more specific topics of interest are: the politics of income and wealth inequality; housing inequalities; preference formation and voting behaviour; immigration; media framing; climate capitalism; welfare reform in the knowledge economy; the determinants of change in capitalist democracies; and workers’ mobilization and power resources. The network also encourages contributions on the global political economy; drivers of social policy preferences; and the link between party system realignment, socio-political conflict and distributive class politics.


We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplines including political science, political economy, industrial relations, economic history, economic sociology and heterodox (macro)economics. We also welcome methodologically diverse papers that include small N single case studies and larger N comparative studies.