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A brief supplemental text for upper level undergraduate courses in comparative political economy, comparative public policy, and American political economy. The book's six chapters look in detail at the political economies of the U.S., Sweden and Germany, exploring the fundamental differences between their handling of health policy, pensions, family policy, corporate governance and fiance, and labor markets. The book's many rich and well rendered examples of the three countries' various policies helps students push past abstractions and understand what it is actually like to live under different capitalist systems.

The Viability of Alternative Forms of Capitalism
The viability of alternative forms of capitalism

ONE OF MY MAIN GOALS IN WRITING THIS book is to make the point that political economies are more than the abstract models that are often depicted in the political science and economics literature. The policies and institutions that define different political economies are prominent features of the terrain through which we navigate as we pursue our well-being. Although they are not as permanent as climate, geography, and other features of the environment, they are still things that we take as given when we choose the directions that our lives will take. Family policies help determine whether we can afford the expense of raising children and whether it will be possible ...

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