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Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States
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Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States

Erik Jones

Abstract

The small advanced industrial states of Western Europe have been regarded as a model for political and economic success because they are both stable and prosperous. The formula for that success combines a ready embrace of globalization (including European integration) with strong institutions for domestic redistribution — democratic corporatism and the welfare state. This book asks whether that formula is stable over time. By examining the cases of Belgium and the Netherlands, it shows how the political basis for consensus (consociational democracy) can break down, how the break down of consen ... More

Keywords: Belgium, consensus, consociational democracy, corporatism, European integration, the Netherlands, small states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208333
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208333.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Jones, author
Professor of European Studies, SAIS Bologna Center, The Johns Hopkins University.
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