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Title: How the Radical Right Has Changed Capitalism and Welfare in Europe and the USA

Author: Philip Rathgeb

Publication Date: 29th February 2024

240 pages | Hardback | £76.00

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Links to Table of Contents and Preface & Chapter 1

Oxford University Press 


Advance Praise: 

"In this important book, Philip Rathgeb demonstrates the massive impact radical right parties have on welfare states and capitalist economies when in power. Making sense of the unity and diversity of their policies, he shows that these parties are united in their nativist and authoritarian values and use socio economic policies as tools to achieve them. At the same time, existing institutions shape their diverse policy impact, from welfare chauvinism in continental Europe and the Nordic countries to trade protectionism in the US and economic nationalism in the Visegrád countries. This thought-provoking analysis is a huge step forward in understanding the radical right in power."


- Dorothee Bohle, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Vienna

"This is an important and much-needed study. There has been much speculation whether the Radical Right could be a new advocate for the working class and redistribution, or even a pro-welfare ally of the Left. However, in his thorough, original and important book, Philip Rathgeb demonstrates that the Radical Right consistently uses social policy to serve its nativist and authoritarian ideological goals. The specific policies supported vary across institutional contexts, but the ideological core remains the same. This book is a masterful achievement in both theoretical and empirical regards."

- Silja Häusermann, Professor of Political Science, University of Zurich

"Most studies of the rise of the radical right focus on the cultural dimension of its nativist challenge and pay scant attention to its implications for the political economy. Philip Rathgeb's brilliant book fills this gap with theoretical and empirical brio. Across a range of cases, it shows how radical right parties in government adapt their nativist and authoritarian platform to different institutional settings, favouring welfare chauvinism, economic nationalism or trade protectionism. How the Radical Right has Changed Capitalism and Welfare is a must-read for anyone interested in comparative political economy, and indeed the future of liberal democracy."


- Jonathan Hopkin, Professor of Comparative Politics, London School of Economics (LSE)




Title: Strong Governments, Precarious Workers: Labor Market Policy in the Era of Liberalization

Author: Philip Rathgeb

Publication Date: 15th December 2018

234 pages I Hardback I £44.00/$55

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Cornell University Press

Interview on the book with 1869, the Cornell University Press Podcast


"Rathgeb's excellent study engages with important and timely issues for both research and society and should be read widely by scholars and experts in the fields of welfare state politics, political economy, and employment relations."

- Perspectives on Politics

"Strong Governments, Precarious Workers delivers a clear and intriguing argument that should stimulate debate and research in the years to come."

- ILR Review

"Academics and practitioners have much to gain from Rathgeb’s political analysis of how to advance social solidarity and protect precarious workers in the neoliberal era."

- Work, Employment and Society

"Strong Governments, Precarious Workers provides an innovative take on a much-debated issue, making it highly recommended reading for all scholars concerned with the transformations of labour relations in modern capitalism."

- Journal of Social Policy

"Conversely to existing theoretical arguments that consider trade unions as organisations that contribute to both labour market dualization and the emergence of precarious work, this book takes a much more brave and provocative approach, which without any doubt contributes to its merits."


- British Journal of Industrial Relations

"Strong Governments, Precarious Workers develops a very interesting and innovative argument about the determinants of inclusive labor market policies. It argues that these reforms emerge when cohesive labor movements are able to influence the policy-making process, which in turn is more likely to happen if governments are "weak." The case studies of Austria, Denmark, and Sweden document that, surprisingly, it was in Austria and not in the two Scandinavian countries, that pro-outsider reforms were introduced, and their features were shaped by union intervention. The book's argument casts doubt on the thesis, popular in the dualization research, that trade unions are naturaliter pro-insider. In contrast with it, it suggests that they are the most consistent defenders of the interests of outsiders, not only for solidarity reasons, but also to further their own self-interests."

- Lucio Baccaro, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and University of Geneva, co-author of Trajectories of Neoliberal Transformation


"Philip Rathgeb’s book is a highly innovative and thought-provoking study of labor market reform in European countries. In pointing to the continued role of inclusive trade unions in resisting precarious employment, it is a tremendously important contribution to recent debates about the driving forces of labor market dualization, which will have a significant impact on the field."

- Marius R. Busemeyer, University of Konstanz, author of Skills and Inequality

"Philip Rathgeb’s book presents a novel and insightful interpretation of the role of unions and their interactions with governments in the crafting of labor-market reforms in contemporary Europe. The book is clearly structured and well written, presenting case studies of Austria, Denmark and Sweden in a lively, engaging way."

- Jonas Pontusson, University of Geneva, author of Inequality and Prosperity

"Looking at three small European countries, Philip Rathgeb shows that dual labor markets result from trade union weakness, not strength. Governments, both left and right, tend to protect core workforces from neoliberal reform, concentrating cuts in protection at the bottom end of the labor market. But when governments are weak, strong unions can and do prevent this. The book challenges theories that blame precarious employment on union clientelism."


- Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, author of How Will Capitalism End?

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