Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy

The Politics of Economic Liberalization

Authors: Wueest, Bruno

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  • The author draws upon 10,000 policy statements for their data, which they gathered in an original quantitative content analysis of quality newspapers
  • An empirical study on the discourse of six Western European countries – Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria
  • Adds a new quantitative approach to the discursive institutionalist literature, which is currently in demand
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This book analyses the discourses of economic liberalization reform in six Western European countries – Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. It provides systematic empirical evidence that policy-related discourses are much more than noise; rather, they are detailed expressions of institutional complementarities and political struggles. The author posits that the more open a discourse, the broader the range of perceived interests, which, in turn, increases the intensity of conflicts. Similarly, the more public discourse centres on coordination, the more intense actors need to engage with opposite interests, which most probably intensifies political disputes as well. Moreover, Wueest argues that the formation of a consensus within the political mainstream has left a vacuum for outsider parties such as Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain to feed on the contentiousness of economic liberalization policies.


About the authors

Bruno Wueest is Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests are distinctly interdisciplinary and include political communication, comparative political economy and computational linguistics. He works on the automated analysis of tweets, open survey questions, parliamentary debates and newspaper articles.

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“Bruno Wueest’s Politics of Economic Liberalization is a timely contribution to the literature on comparative political economy and policy discourse. … Wueest sheds new and welcome light on old debates concerning policy convergence and divergence, institutional complementarities and comparative advantage, political polarization, access and representation.” (Matt Wilder, Swiss Political Science Review, Vol. 25 (2), 2019)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Economic Liberalization
Authors
Series Title
Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62322-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62322-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62321-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87290-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 169
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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