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Mass Unemployment and the State$
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Johannes Lindvall

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590643.001.0001

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The Unemployment Problem in Europe

The Unemployment Problem in Europe

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(p.1) 1 The Unemployment Problem in Europe
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Mass Unemployment and the State
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Johannes Lindvall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590643.003.0001

The first chapter introduces the puzzle that motivates the book. It is a surprising fact that Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden pursued different economic and labor market policies in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, given that these countries are similar in many ways. The first chapter also presents the theoretical argument that informs the analysis, considers a number of alternative explanations, shows how the book contradicts and complements existing research, and discusses methodological issues.

Keywords:   unemployment, party systems, corporatism, institutions

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