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Rethinking Comparative Political Economy: Growth Models and Distributive Dynamics


Baccaro,  Lucio
Projekte von Gastwissenschaftlern und Postdoc-Stipendiaten, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;
Département de Sociologie, Université de Genève, Switzerland;

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Baccaro, L. (2015). Rethinking Comparative Political Economy: Growth Models and Distributive Dynamics. Talk presented at Scholar in Residence Lectures Series 2015-2016. Köln. 2015-10-07.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-4768-C
Based on joint work with Jonas Pontusson, this lecture introduces the growth model perspective and distinguishes it from other paradigms in comparative political economy, particularly the “Varieties of Capitalism” one. With growth models, the role of aggregate demand – its size and composition – returns to center stage and is linked to distributional shifts. The distinction between consumption- and export-led growth is developed, and conditions for reconciling both types of growth, at least temporarily, are identified. Furthermore, the pattern of co-evolution of growth models and inequality patterns is explored.
Lucio Baccaro, is a Professor of Comparative Macrosociology at the University of Geneva. He was trained at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and has worked at MIT and the International Labour Organization. His research focuses on two main themes: the comparative political economy of labor markets and industrial relations, and the empirical study of participatory and deliberative institutions. His work has appeared in numerous journals in industrial relations, political science, and sociology.