E: Political Economy of Industrial Relations and Welfare States
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 better integrate research on changing labor markets, industrial relations, and systems of social protection within the study of contemporary capitalisms. Of particular interest to this network is the analysis of the interactions between labor markets, 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 contemporary political economies. The network encourages interdisciplinary dialogue among sociologists, economists, and political scientists whose research draws on a variety of theoretical perspectives. Among more specific topics of interest are: responses of trade unions, employers, political parties and states to globalisation and economic crises; the new politics of dualisation and social risks; conditions, mechanics, and results of social concertation; interest representation and collective action in the formal and informal economy; and the determinants of change and resilience in coordinated forms of labour market governance. The network also encourages contributions on international migration; drivers of social policy preferences; and the link between party system realignment and distributive politics.