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The "forgotten" moment quantity of Capital, Marx's world-shaking research of economics, politics, and historical past, comprises the very important dialogue of commodity, the cornerstone to Marx's theories.

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12 The numbers are averages for the thirteen countries where comparable ISCO-88 data are available. Bolded occupations are those that have disproportionately large numbers of low-skilled and low-paying jobs. As expected, there is a strong negative relationship with men dominating occupations that, as implied by this measure, require highly specialized skills. This basic pattern is repeated in all thirteen cases. Not surprisingly occupations with specialized skills are found in agriculture and manufacturing rather than in services.

We need a “politics of markets” rather than a “politics against markets,” or, more precisely, a theory that acknowledges that social protection can improve the operation of markets as well as undermine them. Building on Estevez-Abe et al. (2001), this is precisely what this book aims to provide. It develops an approach to production and labor markets in which the role of social protection is explicitly modeled. xml CY548-Iversen 0 521 84861 X May 26, 2005 16:20 A Political Economy Approach to the Welfare State links the study of the welfare state to recent work on the importance of democratic institutions for social policy.

This translates into a time-inconsistency problem for the government because it has an incentive to renege on its promise to the current median voter when it seeks to attract the support of the future median voter. Again, the reason is that the median voter at any given time, when choosing a policy for the present, does not have an interest in high transfers. This problem is addressed in Chapter 4. One solution points to the role of institutions that can hold the government to its promises about future policy.

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