- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Institutional Perspectives—Working towards Coherence or Irreconcilable Diversity?
- Beyond Comparative Statics: Historical Institutional Approaches to Stability and Change In the Political Economy of Labor
- Actors and Institutions
- Institutional Reproduction and Change
- Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Social Science Data
- The State in the Economy: Neoliberal or Neoactivist?
- Money and Markets
- Transnational Institutions and International Regimes
- Law as a Governing Institution
- Institutional Change in Financial Systems
- The Comparative Institutional Analysis of Innovation: From Industrial Policy to the Knowledge Economy
- Changing Competition Models in Market Economies: The Effects of Inter‐nationalization, Technological Innovations, and Academic Expansion on the Conditions Supporting Dominant Economic Logics
- Institutions, Wealth, and Inequality
- Corporate Governance
- The Institutional Construction of Firms
- Institutionalizing the Employment Relationship
- Inter‐Firm Relations in Global Manufacturing: Disintegrated Production and Its Globalization
- Institutional Transformation in European Post‐Communist Regimes
- State Failure
- Financial Capitalism Resurgent: Comparative Institutionalism and the Challenges of Financialization
- Institutional Competitiveness: How Nations came to Compete
- Epilogue: Institutions in History: Bringing Capitalism Back In
Abstract and Keywords
This article describes how policymakers and governments came to understand the role of institutions in shaping the growth trajectory of nations and later to act as if nations compete on the basis of their economic, political, and cultural institutions. It covers the period from the 1970s onwards. The article describes how the concept of international competitiveness has been redefined and advanced to become a discourse, using literature from economic theory and business analysis to do so. It is in this context that the concept of institutional competitiveness (CIC) is introduced as a particular understanding of what makes national economies competitive. Finally, the article emphasizes how state–society relations have been changed. The concept of ‘Competitive Arrangements’ is engaged with other related concepts. In conclusion, the CIC is defined and presented as a present understanding of international competitiveness among national governments and others.
Ove Kaj Pedersen, University of Mannheim
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