Chapter 1: Introduction
Comparing Political Economies: Markets, Politics, and Institutions
Welfare States: Welfare State or Social Security State?
The Social Democratic Welfare State: Politics against Markets
The Liberal Welfare State: Embracing the Market
The Conservative Welfare State: Protecting Society from the Market
“Varieties of Capitalism:” Business Institutions and Strategies
Liberal Market Economies: Reaching for the Invisible Hand
Cooperative Market Economies: Patient Capital and Non-market Coordination
Chapter 2: Health Policy
Is Health Care a Commodity?
Germany: Private Practice and Universal Coverage
Basic Structure: Compulsory Non-profit Insurance
Sweden: A Right to High Quality Health Care
Basic Structure: County-level Provision of Services
The United States: Incomplete Coverage through Private and Public Insurance
The Private Welfare State in Health Care
The Long Road to Health Policy Reform
Present Structure: From Public Insurance to No Insurance
Comparing Systems and Outcomes
Chapter 3: Pension Policy
Paying as You Go: Where Do Pensions Come From?
Germany: Earnings-related Public Pensions
Current Policy: The Shift away from Guaranteed Benefits
Sweden: Public Pensions with “Notional” Accounting
Current Policy: Introducing the Market to the Social Democratic Model
The United States: A Public-Private Pension Mix with Precarious Retirement
Social Security Today: A False Crisis
Private Pensions: The Disappearing Promise
Comparing Pension Systems and Outcomes
Chapter 4: Family Policy
Bringing Families Back In
Sweden: Paid Family Leaves and Universal Public Childcare
Current Policy: Toward Gender Equality?
Germany : Moving Beyond the Male Breadwinner Model
Current Policy: Family Leaves, Cash Assistance, and Child Care
The United States: Juggling Work and Family through the Market
Current Policy: The Limits of Tax Breaks
Comparing Policies and Outcomes
Chapter 5: The Labor Market
Human Effort as a Commodity: The Distinctive Features of Labor Markets
The “Two Faces of Unionism”: Are Unionized Firms more Efficient?
The Structure of Collective Bargaining and the Logic Centralized Wage-setting
Sweden: Flexible Centralization?
Wage Bargaining in Contemporary Sweden
Workplace Participation and Job Security
Germany: Co-determination and Coordinated Bargaining
Works Councils: Employee Representation on the Job
Labor Market Organizations and Collective Bargaining
Job Security and Labor Disputes
The United States: Bargaining among Unequals
The Rocky Path toward the Right to Unionize
The Unionized Sector: Organization
Wages, Benefits, and Protections: Comparing the Union and Non-union Sectors
The Decline of Unions in the US
Comparing Systems and Outcomes
Chapter 6: Corporate Governance and Finance
In Whose Interests? Shareholders Versus Stakeholders
The United States: Stock Market Capitalism Run Amok?
From Public Service Corporations to Industrial Capitalism
From Managerialism to “Shareholder Value”
Germany: Patient Capital and Bank Control
Postwar Corporate Governance: The Classic German Model
The Reform of German Corporate Governance
Sweden: Capitalist Enterprise without Capitalists?
The Post-War Model of Corporate Governance in Sweden
Swedish Corporate Governance in Transition?
The Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 and Its Aftermath
Chapter 7: The Viability of Alternative Forms of Capitalism
Globalization and the Economic Feasibility of Alternative Capitalisms.
Neoliberalism and the Political Feasibility of Alternative Capitalisms
Conclusion: But Not in the US?