Kathleen Thelen is Ford Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies
Article first published online: 29 JUL 2009
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 47, Issue 3, pages 471–498, September 2009
How to Cite
Thelen, K. (2009), Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47: 471–498. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00746.x
- Issue published online: 6 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 29 JUL 2009
- Final version accepted on 15 May 2009.
The political-economic institutions that have traditionally reconciled economic efficiency with social solidarity in the advanced industrial countries, and specifically in the so-called ‘coordinated market economies’, are indisputably under pressure today. However, scholars disagree on the trajectory and significance of the institutional changes we can observe in many of these countries, and they generally lack the conceptual tools that would be necessary to resolve these disagreements. This article attempts to break through this theoretical impasse by providing a framework for determining the direction, identifying the mode, and assessing the meaning of the changes we can observe in levels of both economic coordination and social solidarity.