Changing Liaisons

The Dynamics of Social Partnership in Twentieth Century West-European Democracies

by Karel Davids (Volume editor) Greta Devos (Volume editor) Patrick Pasture (Volume editor)
©2007 Edited Collection 270 Pages


This book aims at deepening our understanding of concrete, topical developments in the growth of social partnership economies. Inspired by the theory of ‘policy learning’, it discusses the impact of potential triggers, such as wars and economic crises, on the development of consultative arrangements, questioning how policy adjustments came about and what exactly made them possible. What is the space for policy learning in institutional environments that are notorious for immobility and path-dependency? Different national case studies analyse the origins and development of different social practices and relations between the state and social partners with regard to the organisation of the economy and the labour market within Western Europe. Special emphasis is given to Belgium, the «quintessential European state», and to the Netherlands, the home of the illustrious «polder model» in the 1990s. Several studies highlight the role of social pacts and planning as expressions of effective social partnerships.


ISBN (Softcover)
Geschichte 1900-2000 Different social practice Westeuropa Arbeitsbeziehungen Kongress Löwen (2004) Social partnership economy Industrial relation
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 270 pp.

Biographical notes

Karel Davids (Volume editor) Greta Devos (Volume editor) Patrick Pasture (Volume editor)

The Editors: Karel Davids is Professor of Economic and Social History in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Greta Devos is Professor of Economic History and Director of the Centre on Business History at the Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium). Patrick Pasture is Associate Professor of History at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), where he co-ordinates the RU ‘Modernity and Society 1800-2000’ (MoSa).


Title: Changing Liaisons