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Macroeconomic Policies of Developed Democracies (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

Macroeconomic Policies of Developed Democracies (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

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Robert J. Franzese Jr
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 2/25/2002
EAN 9780521802949, ISBN10: 0521802946

Hardcover, 332 pages, 23.1 x 15.5 x 2 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

This book synthesizes and extends modern political-economic theory to explain the postwar evolution of macroeconomic policy in developed democracies. Chapters 2-4 study transfers, debt, and monetary/wage policy-making and outcomes, stressing that participation enhances transfer-policy responsiveness to inequality and vice versa, that policy-making veto actors retard fiscal-policy adjustments, inducing greater long-run debt-responses to all other political-economic stimuli, and that monetary policy's nominal and real effects depend, respectively, on the broader political-economic interest-structure and on wage-price bargainers' sectorial composition and coordination. Broadly, the book argues that these developments have exacerbated the distributional conflicts inherent in the policies to which postwar governments had committed while undermining their more-universally desired efficiency-fostering roles. Battles that once raged primarily over policies conducted within postwar-commitment frameworks now rage over the putative 'reforms' of the frameworks that will set the institutional rules within which democratic struggle over macroeconomic policy and free-market competition will continue.

1. Introduction
2. The democratic commitment to social insurance
3. Financing the commitments - public debt
4. Monetary management of the macroeconomy
5. Comparative democrative political-economy and macroeconomic-policymaking.

"[A] masterly treatment of post-war economic management in advanced industrial democracies." Journal of Politics "Robert J. Franzese, Jr. has written an excellent book tha is part of the informative Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series...Franzese's book needs to be read by political economists, as it will make a significant contribution to the field." Perspectives on Politics