Management, Work and Welfare in Western Europe
A Historical and Contemporary Analysis
This book analyses the relationship between management, work and welfare across Western Europe at the end of the twentieth century. In a unique study, the authors consider the political and economic connections between management practices, national industrial relations and welfare institutions.
The authors first consider the history of European work and welfare practices, and then focus on trends in the post-war period. They discover that growing similarities in European work and welfare practices represent a gradual shift away from the ethos of collective to individual responsibility. The authors find that the oil recessions of the 1970s, the resurgence of the political right, the collapse of communism and the European Union's response to global forces have destabilized the post-war welfare regime. They also conclude that these forces have led to a gradual, though not irreversible, shift towards the `contract' model of citizenship which prevails in the United States.
This book is essential reading for all those interested in European management, employment relations and social policy.
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`In addition to its nuanced and insightful historical analysis, this extremely well-researched book offers timely proof that contemporary Europe is undergoing an accelerating Americanization of both industrial management and the welfare state, something which new social-democratic governments have done little to reverse. A must-read for any serious student of European political economy.' -- Leo Panitch, York University Ontario, Canada `This is the most detailed and thorough attempt yet to identify a specifically European form of social capitalism, and to trace both its deep historical roots and the intense pressures now being placed upon it by Americanization. Particularly original is the integration of an analysis of welfare states with one of business management practices across the whole sub-continent.' -- Colin Crouch, European University Institute, Italy