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The Age of DualizationThe Changing Face of Inequality in Deindustrializing Societies$
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Patrick Emmenegger, Silja Hausermann, Bruno Palier, and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199797899

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797899.001.0001

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Dualization and Institutional Complementarities

Dualization and Institutional Complementarities

Industrial Relations, Labor Market, and Welfare State Changes in France and Germany

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(p.201) 9 Dualization and Institutional Complementarities
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The Age of Dualization
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Bruno Palier

Kathleen Thelen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797899.003.0009

The French and German political economies have been significantly reconfigured over the past two decades. Although the changes have often been more piecemeal than revolutionary, their cumulative effects are profound. The chapter characterizes the changes that have taken place as involving a process of dualization, and argues that what gives contemporary developments a different character from the past is that they are now explicitly underwritten by state policy. It emphasizes complementarities across institutional realms, and show how these linkages have facilitated the spread of dualization – beginning in the field of industrial relations, moving into labor market dynamics, and finally finding institutional expression in welfare state reforms. The result in France and Germany has been the institutionalization, with state support, of an apparently stable but distinctly less egalitarian model.

Keywords:   dualization, industrial relations, labor market dualism, dual welfare systems, institutional complementarities, germany, france

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