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Comparative Sociology of Contemporary Capitalism

Опубликовано на портале: 02-02-2007
Факультет: Department of Sociology
Язык: Английский
Тематические разделы: Социология, Экономическая социология, Экономическая социология: Модели социально-экономического развития

This course will review recent comparative research and debates on “varieties of capitalism”, concentrating on the so-called “triad” regions of North America, Western Europe, and East Asia. Are there distinct national models or family types of capitalism across these regions? How far and in what ways do developed capitalist economies differ from one another in their social organization, institutional embeddedness, and modes of governance? What are the implications of such differences for industrial specialization, technological innovation, and economic performance in a competitive world market? How tightly coupled and mutually supportive/constraining are the different domains and institutional structures within advanced capitalist societies, from product, capital, and labor markets to corporate governance, education and training, employment relations, and social welfare provision? Are current processes of globalization and regionalization eroding the coherence and distinctiveness of national economies? In tackling such questions, this course will combine a comparative approach with an analysis of interdependence between competing systems, as well as a discussion of tendencies towards convergence and/or divergence.

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