Title

Regulating class in the neoliberal era: the role of the state in the restructuring of work and employment relations

Abstract

The article argues that, in the last three decades, states have become more preoccupied with, and interventionist in, the regulation of class relations in order to facilitate a broad liberalization of employment relations institutions. Drawing on insights from Regulation theorists and Karl Polanyi, the article examines the market-making role of states during periods of transition from one growth regime to another. The more prominent role of the state follows from the stickiness of institutions and the role that states can play in compensating workers from the consequences of liberalization. The article illustrates the argument with an examination of France and Sweden in the period since the early 1980s. For all their differences, in both cases substantial liberalization of employment relations institutions took place and in both cases, but for the state, the process of liberalization would have been either stymied or much more uneven than it was.

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication Date

10-28-2015

Publication Title

Work, Employment and Society

Department

Politics

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1177/0950017015595954

Keywords

Class, Employment relations, Liberalization, State

Language

English

Format

text

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