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Diversity between and within varieties of capitalism: transnational survey evidence

Walker, J. T. ORCID:, Brewster, C. ORCID: and Wood, G. (2014) Diversity between and within varieties of capitalism: transnational survey evidence. Industrial and Corporate Change, 23 (2). pp. 493-533. ISSN 1464-3650

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One of the central debates in contemporary socio-economics concerns the relationship between institutions and firm-level practices and the persistence of a number of alternative viable models for economic development. We examine diversity within and between specific types of capitalism using data from a transnational survey incorporating 14 organizational level practices in a sample of six capitalist archetypes, constituting 27 countries and some 6503 firms. We focus on one of the key-defining features of different varieties of capitalism, the interdependence of employers and employees. We find that there are clustering tendencies, consistent with the literature, but also considerable diversity within as well as between the varieties, although we did not find “diffuse diversity” or homogeneity. The analysis supports a complex and nuanced relationship within and between varieties of capitalism that has not been previously captured in the literature.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:36451
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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