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Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy
- A Socio-Legal Approach

Objective

The objective is to develop a socio-legal theory explaining the institutional transformations from corporatism over neo-corporatism to governance and the role of law and legal instruments within the 3 types of institutions.
The period of investigation covers the period between 1850 and today and is limited to the European setting.
The core hypothesis is that corporatism, neo-corporatism and governance fulfil identical societal functions under altered structural conditions insofar as they simultaneously are oriented towards the internal stabilisation of economic processes and the establishment of compatibility with non-economic segments of society. The successful fulfilment of this dual function is furthermore conditioned upon a reliance on formalised legal frameworks.
In concrete the project wishes to provide an alternative to the a-historical nature of contemporary governance research; counter the lack of a dynamic perspective within the ‘varieties of capitalism’ approach; offset the reductionist stance of political economy studies as reflected in the narrowing of economy and society relations to the binary relationship between economy and politics; develop a theoretical framework capable of connecting a wide range of so far disperse academic discourses such as governance research, political economy and socio-legal studies; provide a central contribution to a new inter-systemic theory of society.
The project contains detailed case studies in relation to the development of institutional stabilisation within the European steel and pharmaceutical sectors.

Call for proposal

ERC-2012-StG_20111124
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Host institution

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Address
Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 175 210
Principal investigator
Poul Fritz Kjær (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Laila Oestergren (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (1)

COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 1 175 210
Address
Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Poul Fritz Kjær (Dr.)
Administrative Contact
Laila Oestergren (Ms.)