Corporatism, crisis and contention in Sweden and Korea during the 1990s

Vandenberg, Andrew and Hundt, David 2012, Corporatism, crisis and contention in Sweden and Korea during the 1990s, Economic and industrial democracy, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 463-484.

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Title Corporatism, crisis and contention in Sweden and Korea during the 1990s
Author(s) Vandenberg, Andrew
Hundt, David
Journal name Economic and industrial democracy
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 463
End page 484
Total pages 22
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-08
ISSN 0143-831X
1461-7099
Keyword(s) corporatism
dynamics of contention
financial crisis
neoliberalism
South Korea
Sweden
Summary Debate has long surrounded corporatism’s depictions of power and the state, and the rise of neoliberalism has raised even more doubts about corporatism as an analytical construct. Faltering growth and rising unemployment in Sweden and Korea after financial crises in the 1990s seemed to confirm neoliberal expectations that all varieties of corporatism (state/authoritarian and societal/democratic) are doomed to decline, and that corporatism will converge on liberalism. Closer examination of the 1990s crises suggests that Swedish and Korean institutions have transformed rather than collapsed. Corporatist institutions have been transformed by ideas about networks and governance, interaction between national and international institutions and shifting alliances among export-oriented and competition-shielded employers, private and public sector unions and citizen networks. This article argues that the ‘dynamics of contention’ can explain how these new ideas and alliances transformed regimes in Sweden and Korea and as such constitute an alternative to corporatism as an analytical construct.
Language eng
Field of Research 160603 - Comparative Government and Politics
160505 - Economic Development Policy
160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 940203 - Political Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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