Orchestrators of coordination: Towards a new role of the state in coordinated capitalism? release_c5mc3jvl4bh55lq5n6ovm2k55y

by Marius R. Busemeyer, Martin B Carstensen, Patrick Emmenegger

Published in European journal of industrial relations by SAGE Publications.

2022   p095968012110625


Liberalization poses significant challenges for the continued provision of collective goods within coordinated market economies (CME). Extant scholarship suggests two dominant sets of responses. Either CMEs continue to rely on employer coordination, but only for a privileged core, leading to dualization. Or, in cases where the state enjoys high capacity, the state instead compensates for liberalization but ends up crowding out employer coordination. In both cases, the result is decreasing employer coordination. We argue that in CMEs, the state may also play the role of "orchestrator" by supporting the revitalization of employer coordination. It does so through the deployment of ideational and institutional resources that mobilize employers' associations on a voluntary basis. Applying our framework to a core area of coordinated capitalism, vocational education and training, we show that in both Germany and Switzerland, this indirect and soft form of state intervention was instrumental for turning around their crisis-stricken vocational training systems.
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